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Algeria cereal imports bill down 19.5 pct in Jan-May - customs

ALGIERS, July 18 (Reuters) - Algeria's spending on imports of cereals, semolina and flour fell 19.5 percent in the first five months of the year against the same period in 2018, official data showed on Thursday.

Algeria, one of the world's largest grain importers, has been trying to cut spending on food and other goods after a decline in energy earnings, the main source of state finances.

The value of imports of durum wheat, soft wheat, semolina and flour dropped to $1.153 billion during the January-May period from $1.433 billion, according to customs figures.

The overall value of food imports reached $3.53 billion, down from $3.95 billion in the first five months of 2018, the figures showed. (Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; editing by David Evans)

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