December 22, 2015 / 9:40 AM / 3 years ago

Mauritius trade deficit narrows 14.5 pct in October

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius’ trade deficit narrowed 14.5 percent in October to 6.37 billion rupees from a year earlier due to lower imports of food and live animals, the statistics office said on Tuesday.

The value of imports fell 9.2 percent to 14.34 billion rupees ($398.89 million), with the cost of food and live animals down to 2.79 billion rupees from 3.33 billion a year earlier, the agency said in a statement.

Exports from the Indian Ocean island nation fell by 4.4 percent to 7.97 billion rupees, the data showed.

Britain was the main buyer of goods from Mauritius in October, accounting for 14.9 percent, while India supplied 19.1 percent of the nation’s imports.

($1 = 35.9500 Mauritius rupees)

Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Edith Honan and Gareth Jones

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