May 16, 2011 / 5:04 AM / 7 years ago

TABLE-Kazakh Q1 trade surplus grows to $11.6 bln

ALMATY, May 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s foreign trade surplus grew to $11.6 billion in the first quarter of 2011 from $8.1 billion in the same period last year, the State Statistics Agency said on Monday.

Exports, predominantly oil and metals, rose 36.0 percent year-on-year to $18.3 billion in January-March 2011. Imports also rose, by 26.0 percent, to $6.8 billion during the same period.

Russia was Kazakhstan’s main trading partner in the first quarter of 2011, with a 10.3 percent share of total exports in the period and a 45.8 percent share of imports.

Following are data supplied by the State Statistics Agency:

FOREIGN TRADE BALANCE OF KAZAKHSTAN ($ million)

Jan-March 2011 Jan-March 2010 Exports 18,306.8 13,458.3 Imports 6,745.3 5,354.9 Balance +11,561.5 +8,103.4 (Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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