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UPDATE - Turkey posts $2.5 billion foreign trade gap in August

UPDATE - Turkey posts $2.5 billion foreign trade gap in August
August exports hit $12.5 billion, imports reach $15 billion, says TurkStat


By Tuba Sahin

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey's foreign trade balance ran a $2.5 billion deficit in August, the Turkish Statistical Institute announced Monday.

The August figure was up 1.2% from the same month last year, said TurkStat.

Last month, Turkish exports hit $12.5 billion, up 1.6% on a yearly basis, while imports rose 1.5% year-on-year to $15 billion in August.

The exports-to-imports coverage ratio stood at 83.4% during the month.

Turkey's exports to its top trading partner Germany was $1.1 billion last month, followed by Britain at $1 billion, Iraq at $641 million and the U.S. $617 million.

In August, Russia was the number one source for Turkey's imports, amounting to $2 billion. China and Germany followed with $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

Manufacturing industry products dominated total exports with a share of 94.7%, followed by agriculture and forestry exports (2.7%) and mining and quarrying exports (1.9%).

The ratio of high technology products in manufacturing industry exports stood at 3.4% in August, while the shares of medium-high and low technology products were 35.9% and 32.7%, respectively.

source: News Feed
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