A man counts his bills at a foreign exchange office in downtown Cairo June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO, Apr 12 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's trade deficit narrowed to 19.45 billion Egyptian pounds in January, from 24.53 billion pounds a year earlier, the state's Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said on Sunday.
The decline in the trade deficit is due to a 21.2 percent decrease in imports' value, to stand at 31.47 billion pounds this year, as opposed to 39.97 billion pounds in 2014, CAPMAS said in a statement reported by the state news agency MENA. The drop in imported goods' prices involved petroleum products, steel, wheat and wood.
CAPMAS also reported a 22.1 percent drop in exports' value, standing at 12.03 billion pounds in January, while it was 15.44 a year earlier. Fertilisers, petroleum products, crude oiland clothes were among the main products to suffer drop in exports.
Egypt's annual inflation rate stepped up to 11.8 percent in March, rising by 1.1 percent from last month's rate, CAPMAS said on Thursday.
Inflation increased last summer after the government reduced petroleum subsidies and introduced new taxes in July 2014, hiking fuel prices by up to 78 percent.