External Sector Performance - July 2019

The trade deficit widened in July 2019 as exports fell more than the decline in imports. Export earnings recorded a decline of 7.0 per cent (year-on-year) after a steady growth for several months while import expenditure declined by 2.2 per cent (year-on-year) in July 2019.

The decline in export earnings in July 2019 can be largely attributed to a reduction in earnings from petroleum products due to lower prices of bunker fuel and the export of a naval craft in July 2018, which resulted in a higher export base in the corresponding month of the previous year.

The trade deficit widened to US dollars 717 million in July 2019 compared to the deficit of US dollars 316 million recorded in June 2019.

Tourist arrivals observed a notable recovery from the impact of the Easter Sunday attacks recording an increase of 83.4 per cent in July 2019 over the preceding month.

Workers’ remittances increased by 1.0 per cent (year-on-year) to US dollars 626 million in July 2019. On a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances amounted to US dollars 3,895 million during the first seven months of 2019.

Foreign investments in the CSE recorded a notable inflow, while some outflows were recorded from the government securities market in July 2019.


Published Date: 

Thursday, September 26, 2019