Turkey’s imports totaled $17.4 billion in October, an 8% rise compared to the same month last year, said the country’s statistical authority on Friday.

The data showed exports were $15.6 billion with annual decrease of 0.1%.

“In October 2019 foreign trade deficit was 1.8 billion dollars with a 263.6% increase compared with October 2018,” it said.

It added in October 2019, exports coverage imports was 89.6% while it was 96.9% in the same month last year.

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