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Saudi Arabia's non-oil exports up 40% in May

Kingdom's non-oil exports rise to SR11.9bn ($3.17bn) for the month of May - official data.

Saudi Arabia's non-oil exports up 40% in May
SAUDI EXPORTS: Kingdoms non-oil exports rise to SR11.9bn ($3.17bn) for the month of May - official data.(Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia's non-oil exports rose to SR11.9bn ($3.17bn) for the month of May, up 40 percent from a year earlier, according to official data.

The non-oil exports stood at 8.5 billion riyals in May 2009, the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) said on its website on Saturday.

The main non-oil exports were plastics and petrochemicals, which reached a total of 7.3 billion riyals, representing 61 percent of non-oil exports, the data showed.

Asian countries were the main importers, receiving 30 percent of the non-oil exports in May, followed by fellow Gulf Arab states with 23 percent.

The United Arab Emirates led the importers with around 1.3 billion riyals, followed by China which imported products worth around 1 billion riyals. ($1=3.750 riyals) (Reuters)

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