Turkey’s Trade Gap Widens in November as Gold Imports Rise
(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s trade deficit widened for the fourth month in November from a year earlier as strong demand for gold drove imports higher.
The trade gap widened 154% to $5.03 billion from a revised $1.99 billion in the same month a year earlier, Turkstat said on its website on Thursday. The median estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was $5.1 billion.
The deteriorating foreign trade imbalance has been mainly driven by a credit explosion underpinned by interest rates kept below the country’s inflation. A weaker lira fueled price gains to well over 10% and spurred a rush for gold, an attractive store of wealth for Turkish consumers at times of currency volatility and high inflation.
- Imports rose 15.9% to $21.1 billion from a year ago, driven by $2.66 billion in precious metal purchases including gold
- Exports were down 0.9% to $16.1 billion as demand in key markets remained weak due to the coronavirus pandemic
- The export-import coverage ratio declined to 76.2% from 89.1%
- The January-November trade gap widened 82.5% to $45.3 billion
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