The trade gap was up from 69.45 billion dirhams during the same period last year, as energy imports rose 42.7 percent to 28.25 billion dirhams, and spending on equipment imports rose 8.1 percent to 50.61 billion dirhams.
Total exports rose 5.3 percent from a year earlier to 103.31 billion dirhams, pushed by a 7.9 percent rise in phosphate exports totaling 17.41 billion dirhams.
(Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; editing by Patrick Markey) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +213-661-692993; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com))
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