June 23, 2014 / 6:34 AM / 5 years ago

Mauritius trade deficit narrows 8.7 pct yr/yr in April

PORT LOUIS, June 23 (Reuters) - Mauritius’ trade deficit narrowed by 8.7 percent in April to 5.86 billion rupees ($193.24 million) from a year earlier, Statistics Mauritius said in a statement on Monday.

Export revenues rose 17.1 percent to 7.76 billion rupees, driven by higher sales of manufactured articles.

Imports edged higher by 4.4 percent to 13.62 billion rupees, led by the rising cost of machinery and transport equipment that increased to 3.05 billion rupees from 2.44 billion a year ago, the statement said.

France and Britain were the main buyers of goods from Mauritius in April, accounting respectively for 13.9 percent, while India supplied 20.6 percent of the island nation’s imports. ($1 = 30.3250 Mauritian Rupees) (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by George Obulutsa and Tom Heneghan)

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