Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicates that, in February 2006, Macao’s total value of exports amounted to MOP969 million, up 21.7% over the same month of 2005. Among this, the value of domestic exports increased 16.4% to MOP619 million and the value of re-exports rose 32.5% to MOP350 million. Value of imports amounted to MOP2.10 billion, up 42.9% over the same period of 2005. A trade deficit of MOP1.13 billion was recorded this month. During the period of January – February 2006, the value of total exports increased 33.3% year-on-year to MOP3.03 billion. In addition, both the values of domestic exports and re-exports increased 41.4% and 12.5% respectively. Moreover, the value of imports amounted to MOP4.74 billion, up 27.6% over the same period of 2005. In the first two months of 2006, Macao’s trade balance registered a deficit of MOP1.70 billion. During this period, the exports/imports ratio increased from 61.3% in the corresponding period of 2005 to 64.0%. In the first two months of 2006, the value of Textile & garment exports, which accounted for 77.1% of the total exports, increased 39.2% over the same period of 2005. In addition, the value of Non-textile exports also rose 16.8%. As the major components of non-textile exports, Machines & apparatus, parts & accessories thereof expanded 12.8%, whereas Footwear fell 44.4% year-on-year. The USA and the EU remained as Macao’s major export markets, together making up 69.7% of the total value of exports. Among this, exports to the USA, which made up 51.4% of the total value of exports, increased 47.3% over the same period of 2005; exports to the EU, which made up 18.3% of the total value of exports, also increased 58.4% over the same period of 2005. During the period of January – February 2006, Macao’s total value of imports increased 27.6% year-on-year, mainly due to the increase in the value of imports by broad economic categories, namely Fuels & lubricants (63.6%), Capital goods (29.3%), Consumer goods (23.9%) and Raw materials & semi-manufactures (21.0%). Meanwhile, Macao’s main suppliers of imported goods still concentrated in the Asian region. Imports from Mainland China and Hong Kong together constituted 51.7% of the total value of imports. Compared with the same period of 2005, the value of imports from Mainland China and Hong Kong rose 42.2% and 24.7% respectively.