Exports rose 2.1 percent year-on-year to USD 33.36 billion. Oil sales shrank 10.6 percent while non-oil exports increased 4 percent. Shipments to the United States rose 7.2 percent and those to the rest of the world fell 8.4 percent.
Imports advanced by an annual 4.8 percent to USD 34.48 billion in August. Purchases of intermediate goods rose the most on the year (6.3 percent), followed by imports of consumption goods (0.6 percent) while those of capital goods dropped 0.3 percent.