However, imports plunged by 16.37 percent at USD 33.83 billion in the month under review from USD 40.45 billion imported in the corresponding month of 2012.

In October, the country's trade deficit rose to USD 10.55 billion after narrowing to a two-and-half-year low of USD 6.7 billion in September.

Pick up in purchases of gold and silver during the festive season in that period was cited as the main reason for the trade deficit gap to increase.

(Agencies)

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