Ukraine’s State Statistics Committee reports that Ukraine exported raw materials worth US$38 million in the first quarter of this year, a year-on-year increase of 5%, according to the Interfax news agency. Imports of the same types of commodities were 19% higher at US$11 million.

The production of leather and leather products in Ukraine in the first four months of this year was 7% higher than in the same period in 2003. In comparison, the annual increase in industrial output in Ukraine in the January to April period was 17.7%.