Imports too plunged 3.88 percent to USD 33.9 billion in December over the same month previous year. Trade deficit during the month under review widened to USD 11.6 billion as against USD 9.17 billion in December 2014.

During April-December period of the current fiscal, exports dipped 18 percent to USD 196.6 billion as compared to USD 239.9 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal, according to a data released by the Commerce Ministry.

The main export sectors including engineering, petroleum products and gems and jewellery have recorded negative growth in December, 2015.

Imports during the nine months period contracted 15.87 percent to USD 295.8 billion, leaving a trade deficit of USD 99.2 billion.

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