Malta recorded a trade deficit of €182.9m during January, according to provisional figures for registered trade in goods, compared to a deficit of €227.4m in the same month a year earlier, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said in its recent release of data.
The statistics office says the year-on-year drop was chiefly due to mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (€100.2m), partly outweighed by an increase of €40.1m in machinery and transport equipment.
“On the exports side mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials (€29.2m) accounted to the main decrease, partly set off by increases of €16.7m in miscellaneous manufactured articles and €13.3 million in food,” the NSO says in its release.
Imports from the European Union reached 49.6% (€221.8m) of imports in total. Figures reveal a year-on-year decrease of €134.9m in imports from countries in the euro area.
Data in the NSO release presents all international trade in goods registered up to the cut-off date of 5 March.
The full report including charts and visual representation of data is available for download at the website of NSO.