By Stelios Orphanides
The trade deficit in the first nine months of the year widened by €162.4m to €3.2bn compared with a year before, mainly on increased imports, the statistical service said.
Total imports rose in January to September an annual 6.9 per cent to €5.4bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Total exports rose 9 per cent to below €2.3bn.
Imports from other European Union countries fell an annual 4 per cent to €3.4bn in the first three quarters of 2017, while exports fell 21 per cent to €830m, Cystat said. Imports from third countries rose 32 per cent to €2bn while exports to them rose 40 per cent to €1.4bn.