FIJI'S TRADE DEFICIT WIDENS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's trade deficit is widening according to the latest government figures.

The deficit for the July to September quarter last year widened by more than $100 million over the corresponding period in 2000.

Imports stood at $490 million, while exports were pegged at $313 million.

Increases were recorded for the export of sugar, gold, fish and mineral water.

As expected, the garment industry continued to record a drop in exports, along with kava and coconut oil.

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