JOHANNESBURG, Nov 14 (Reuters) - South Africa has sharply revised down its 2012 trade deficit to 34.6 billion rand from a previous 116.9 billion after adjusting the data to incorporate trade with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS), the revenue service said on Thursday.
'The view is ... that direct trade within the BLNS countries should be included in the calculation of the monthly trade statistics to provide a more accurate reflection of South Africa's trade,' the South African Revenue Service said.
(Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa and Xola Potelwa; Editing by Pascal Fletcher) Keywords: SAFRICA TRADE/REVISION
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