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SKOPJE (Macedonia), July 4 (SeeNews) - Macedonia's trade deficit widened 5% year-on-year to 45.9 billion denars ($849.5 million/746.9 million euro) in the first five months of the year, the statistical office, Makstat, said on Tuesday.
Exports in the five-month period rose 15% on the year to 121 billion denars, while imports grew by 12% to 167 billion denars, Makstat said in a statement.
In May alone, Macedonian exports increased 21% to 26.4 billion denars, whereas imports added 13% to 37 billion denars.
Details follow (in billions of denars unless otherwise stated):
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Macedonia exports mainly supported catalysts, ignition wiring sets and other wiring sets used in motor vehicles, aircraft or ships, as well as ferro-nickel and clothes.
The country imports platinum and platinum alloys, petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, and electricity.
Macedonia's main trading partners in the January-May period were Germany and Britain.
(1 euro = 61.52 denars)