Indonesia posts largest ever trade surplus of $7.6bn in April

Indonesia posts largest ever trade surplus of $7.6bn in April

Piles of coal are seen transported on barges in Samarinda, East Kalimantan in Jan 11, 2022. (AFP file photo)
Piles of coal are seen transported on barges in Samarinda, East Kalimantan in Jan 11, 2022. (AFP file photo)

JAKARTA: Indonesia's trade surplus jumped to its largest ever at $7.56 billion in April, as exports rose to a new record high while imports grew more slowly than expected, data from the statistics bureau showed on Tuesday.

A Reuters poll had expected a trade surplus of $3.25 billion.

Exports were worth $27.32 billion, up 47.76% on a yearly basis, compared with the poll's prediction of a 35.97% increase. Imports were worth $19.76 billion, up 21.97%, versus a 34.97% rise in the poll. 

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