Saudi Arabia's non-oil exports rose by
10.3 percent to 5.89 billion riyals ( 1.57 billion) in the second
quarter of 2000 compared to the same period last year, the Planning
Ministry said in a report received on Monday.
The report, issued by the
Ministry's Statistics Department, also said the Kingdom's imports
during the same period rose by 2.6 percent to 30 billion riyals.
EXPORTS: Saudi Arabia is the
world's largest exporter of oil and petrochemical exports accounted
for nearly half of the Kingdom's non-oil exports at 2.75 billion
riyals, compared with 1.96 billion riyals during the second quarter
Exports of plastic products came in
second place with nearly 950 million riyals, an increase of nearly
five percent over the same period last year, according to the report
which was circulated by Reuters.
IMPORTS: Machinery and electrical
equipment accounted for 22.4 percent of the Kingdom's imports in the
second quarter at 6.73 billion riyals, compared with 7.27 billion
riyals during the same period last year.
Food imports came in second place
with 5.437 billion riyals, accounting for 18.1 percent of imports.
The Kingdom imported food products worth 4.942 billion riyals during
the same period last year.
The report said products from
Western Europe accounted for 35.7 percent of the Kingdom's total
imports, while 22.7 percent originated from non-Arab and non-Islamic
Asian countries. Imports from North America accounted for 21.1