TIRANA (Albania), May 25 (SeeNews) – Albania’s trade deficit fell by an annual 30.1% to 22.1 billion leks ($199.1 million/158.5 million euro) in April, as exports grew and imports fell, the country’s statistics institute said on Friday.
Albania’s exports grew by 27.1% on the year to 18 billion leks in April, while imports fell by 12.4% to some 40.1 billion leks, the statistics institute, INSTAT, said in a statement.
On a monthly basis, exports rose 7.9%, while imports fell by 9%.
Albania's biggest foreign markets were the European Union member states, accounting for 65.4% of the county's trade turnover in April. Italy and Greece remained Albania's main trading partners, accounting for 38.2% and 12.5%, respectively, of the country’s foreign trade turnover in April.
The country’s exports to Kosovo, China, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Turkey registered an increase in April, as did imports from the U.S., Spain, Switzerland, Russia and Kosovo.
(1 euro=139.4686 Albanian leks)