PORT LOUIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Mauritius' trade deficit increased by 5 percent in the third quarter from the same period last year, on the back of higher fuel imports, the statistics office said on Wednesday.
The deficit of 22.26 billion rupees ($662.50 million) was 2 percent lower than in the second quarter, Statistics Mauritius said in a statement.
Imports rose 4 percent in the third quarter year-on-year to 43.37 billion rupees, driven by a 32 percent jump in mineral fuels and lubricants to 6.92 billion, while exports edged up 2 percent to 21.11 billion rupees.
The statistics office forecast the trade deficit for 2017 would be about 94 billion rupees, up from 81.6 billion in 2016.
($1 = 33.6000 Mauritius rupees) (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by George Obulutsa and Ken Ferris)