September 20. FINMARKET.RU — The trade surplus in Russia in January-August 2013, according to the Ministry of Economic Development has decreased by 8%, to $ 120.1 billion from $ 131.1 billion in January-August 2012, according to the weekly monitoring of the Ministry of Economic Development on the state of the economy.
In this case, in August 2013, according to the ministry, the balance of trade has grown to $ 15.3 billion from $ 11.3 billion in August 2012, and $ 13.4 billion in July 2013.
Exports from Russia in January-August fell by 1.6%, to $ 339.2 billion from $ 344.8 billion a year earlier.
In August of this year, exports rose by 5.1% — to $ 43.3 billion from $ 41.2 billion in August 2012. Compared to July 2013 exports declined by 0.5% (to $ 43.5 billion).
Imports to Russia in January-August 2013 increased by 2.5% — to $ 219.1 billion from $ 213.7 billion in January-August 2012.
In August 2013 imports fell by 6.4% — to $ 28.0 billion from $ 29.9 billion in August 2012. Compared with July 2013 imports decreased by 7.0% from ($ 30.1 billion).
The monitoring also notes that according to the preliminary data of the Ministry of Energy of Russia, in August of this year compared to August last year, exports of oil in volume terms fell by 1.3%, exports of natural gas increased by 23.7%, exports of coal remained at the level of the corresponding period of the previous year. In January-August 2013 coal exports rose by 9.0%,