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Export falls by 1.8% in February

Representational Image. Photo/CCOBangladesh’s export earnings fell by 1.8% in February, continuing the negative trend in export from the start of this year.
According to Export Promotion Bureau data released on Thursday, Bangladesh earned $3.32 billion in February marking a decline of 1.8% compared to the same period last year.
Earlier in January, the country’s exports fell by 3.62%, after seeing a 2.89% gain in December last year.
The export earning in January, 2019 was $3.68 billion.
In last December, export earnings had risen by 2.89% to $3.52 billion, breaking the negative growth for the fourth consecutive months.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s export earnings during the current fiscal year’s July-January period was $22.92 billion — a 5.21% negative growth.
During the same period in the last fiscal year, the country had earned $24.18 billion.
The apparel sector, which accounts for 84.21% of total exports, also witnessed a 5.71% decline — to $19.06 billion — in the past seven month.
Apparels had earned $20.22 billion during the same period last year.
As per the latest data, knitwear products earned $9.62 billion, registering a 5.13% drop. The amount was $10.14 billion in the same period last year.
Woven goods fetched $9.44 billion, posting a 6.29% fall against last year’s $10.07 billion earned during the July-January period last year.