Indonesia enjoyed a trade surplus of nearly 70 million USD in May this year, Indonesia ’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has reported.

Suryamin, head of the BPS, said a strong decrease in imports during the month contributed remarkably to the figure.

The country’s exports in May rose 3.73 percent against the previous month to 14.83 billion USD, while its imports fell 9.23 percent to 14.76 billion USD.

In the first five month of this year, Indonesia ’s export turnover hit 73.42 billion USD, a year-on-year drop of 3.9 percent, and its import value was 74.24 billion USD, down 5.6 percent against the same period last year.

Latest statistics of the BPS shows that Indonesia ’s inflation rate in June stood at 0.43 percent, much lower than the level of 1.03 percent one year ago.

The Indonesian trade ministry has projected the country's export to grow by 4.1 percent to 190 billion USD this year due to a hike in non-oil and gas shipment overseas.

According to the BPS, Indonesia attracted 3.7 million foreign tourists in the first five months, up 9.96 percent year-on-year.-VNA