India's May trade deficit widens to $24.29 billion - trade ministry

Labourers stand in a queue to load sacks of grocery items onto a supply truck at a wholesale market in Kolkata

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's May trade deficit widened to $24.29 billion from $6.53 billion a year ago, a government statement said on Wednesday.

May's trade deficit was pushed up by a surge in imports, which rose 62.83% year-on-year to $63.22 billion, while exports rose 20.55% to $38.94 billion, revised trade data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar and Aftab Ahmed; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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