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Turkey’s foreign trade deficit narrows 25% in 11 months of 2015

Turkey’s foreign trade deficit narrows 25% in 11 months of 2015

ANKARA: Turkey’s foreign trade deficit narrowed by 25 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2015 thanks to the decline in imports amid the drop in the oil price, according to data revealed by the Turkish Statistics Agency (TÜİK) on Dec. 31.

The deficit narrowed to $57 billion in the January-November period compared to the same period of 2014.

Turkey’s exports in the first 11 months of this year fell by 8.4 percent to $132 billion from $144.3 billion in the same period of last year, while imports saw a 14.1 percent decline in the same period to $189 billion from $220.4 billion, according to provisional TÜİK data.

Exports were $11.7 billion in November, with a 10.2 percent decline from November 2014, and imports were $15.9 billion, a 25.3 percent decline year-on-year, according to the data.

The Turkish government set the foreign trade deficit target at $65.4 billion, but current figures signal a more optimistic climate.

The oil price drop and the continuing declining trend in commodity prices have played a big role in decreasing Turkey’s foreign trade deficit over this year, according to analysts. Oil prices have plunged by 35 percent year-on-year in 2015.