Trade deficit up 7.4 pct in June‏

Greece’s trade deficit rose to 1.731 billion euros in June from 1.613 billion in June last year, for an increase of 7.4 pct, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Monday.

In a report, the statistics service said that the trade deficit grew by 32.6 pct in June excluding oil products.

The value of import-arrivals totaled 4.189 billion euros in June, from 3.820 billion in June 2013, an increase of 9.7 pct, while excluding oil products the value of imports grew by 14.9 pct.

The value of export-deliveries totaled 2.457 billion euros in June, from 2.207 billion in June 2013, for an increase of 11.3 pct, while excluding oil products the value of exports fell by 0.8 pct.

In the January-June period, the value of imports totaled 23.741 billion euros, from 23.451 billion euros in the corresponding period last year, for an increase of 1.2 pct, while excluding oil products the value of imports rose by 8.9p ct.

Exports totaled 13.127 billion euros in the first half, form 1.321 billion euros last year, a decline of 4.6 pct, while excluding oil products the value of exports fell 4.0 pct.

The country’s trade deficit rose 9.6 pct in the January-June period to 10.614 billion euros, while excluding oil products the trade deficit jumped 25.3 pct.