By Stelios Orphanides
The trade deficit widened in the first months of the year 18 per cent to €3.9bn compared to the respective period of 2016, mainly on increased imports, the statistical service said.
Total imports rose in January to October 13 per cent to €6.3bn compared to a year before, while exports rose 6.6 per cent to €2.5bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.
Imports from other European Union countries fell an annual 2 per cent to €3.8bn in January to October while exports to them fell 21 per cent to €910.1m, Cystat said. Imports from third countries rose 50 per cent to €2.5bn while exports rose 34 per cent to €1.5bn.