Johannesburg – South Africa’s trade deficit widened to R13.03bn ($1.3bn) in April from R11.39bn in March, data from the South African Revenue Service showed on Friday.
Exports in April fell 2.6% to R77.42bn, while imports decreased by 1% to R90.45bn.
The latest data brings the cumulative deficit for 2014 to R40.96bn compared to R30.66bn over the same period in 2013.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a trade shortfall of R12bn for April.