Indonesia booked $270 million trade deficit in July, swinging from $1.63 billion surplus in June due to a surge in imports of raw and semi-finished goods, the official Statistics Agency said Tuesday.
The result came as a surprise, as the median forecast from a Wall Street Journal poll of 10 economists was for a $964 million surplus.
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The agency said imports rose 39.0% from a month earlier to $13.89 billion, and rose 54.0% from a year ago.
Imports of raw and semi-finished goods, which are usually used for the production of goods for export, rose 75.1%, meanwhile capital good imports increased 17.0%.
Exports rose 16.8% from June to $13.62 billion, and jumped 41.1% a year ago.
The trade deficit is likely to weigh on Indonesia's current-account deficit in the third quarter.
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August 15, 2017 00:59 ET (04:59 GMT)