The trade balance result this year registered a surplus of US$ 4.203 billion in the month of April, an increase of 25.20% over the result of the previous year and 35.67% over the same month last year.
This was the best monthly balance in the year, and was the result of exports of US$ 12.449 billion and imports of US$ 8.246 billion.
In the year, the trade balance surplus (exports minus imports) has risen to US$ 12.986 billion, with growth of 4.34%, when compared to the first four moths of 2006, above all official and financial market forecasts.
The surplus (positive result) is due to foreign sales of US$ 46.451 billion in the year, against purchases of US$ 33.465 billion.
The figures are rising in both areas of trade. Exports grew 18.23% in the four months, whereas imports rose 24.68%, as shown in the monthly bulletin of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, issued today.