PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius’ trade deficit widened 19.7 percent to 6.51 billion rupees ($208.99 million) in July from a year earlier driven largely by higher imports of machinery and transport equipment, data showed on Tuesday.
The value of imports climbed 10.8 percent to 14.64 billion rupees, with the cost of machinery and transport equipment rising to 3.77 billion rupees from 2.80 billion rupees in July last year, Statistics Mauritius said in a statement.
Exports rose 4.6 percent to 8.12 billion, the data showed.
Britain was the main buyer of goods from Mauritius in July, accounting for 13.7 percent, while China supplied 17.6 percent of the island nation’s imports, overtaking India.
1 US dollar = 31.1500 Mauritius rupee