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Mauritius trade deficit widens 15.6 pct y/y in February

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius’ trade deficit widened 15.6 percent to 5.64 billion rupees ($160.68 million) in February from the same period a year earlier due to a fall in exports of manufactured goods, the statistics office said on Friday.

View of the harbour of Port Louis on the Indian Ocean island Mauritius, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Export revenue fell 9.8 percent to 6.29 billion rupees, with manufactured goods dropping to 1.83 billion rupees from 2.62 billion rupees in February last year.

Imports rose 0.7 percent to 11.94 billion rupees, Statistics Mauritius said in a statement.

France was the main buyer of goods from Mauritius in February, accounting for 16.4 percent. India supplied 17.0 percent of Mauritius’ imports.

($1 = 35.1000 Mauritius rupees)

Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Aaron Maasho

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