India Trade May 2017


India: Trade deficit widens in May

June 16, 2017

Recently released data related to India’s external sector showed that the trade deficit totaled USD 13.9 billion in May, which was a greater shortfall than the USD 6.8 billion gap recorded in May 2016 (April 2016: USD 13.3 billion deficit).

The deterioration in trade data came on the back of a surge in imports growth. Imports expanded a strong 33.5% over the same month last year (April: +49.1% year-on-year), and totaled USD 37.9 billion. The increase was due largely to rising commodities imports. Meanwhile, exports growth moderated, coming in at 8.3% (April: +19.8% yoy) and totaling USD 24.0 billion.

The rolling 12-month trade deficit widened from USD 114 billion in April to USD 122 billion in May.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect exports to grow 7.0% in FY 2017 and 7.0% in FY 2018.


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India Trade12m May 2017

Note: 12-month sum of trade balance in USD billion and annual variation of the 12-sum of exports and imports in %.
Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry and FocusEconomics calculations.

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