ISLAMABAD - The unexpected growth in exports has helped in restricting the country's trade deficit to $ 9.318 billion in July-January period of the current financial year compared to the same period of the previous year. "Despite surging oil prices in the international market and a significant increase in the import of machinery the country's trade imbalance stood at $ 9.318 billion in the first seven months of the current fiscal year as against same period last year. The country's exports performed well in the current year and will broke all previous records, as it is expected to register at $ 22 billion at the end of June", said an official of the Ministry of Commerce while talking to The Nation. The country's the exports has surged to $ 13.228 billion in July-January 2010-11. Meanwhile, sources in All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) told The Nation that the exports could further enhance if the government provided uninterrupted power supply to the textile sector. Due to the power crises, several textile units are shifted to the other countries, which is indeed negative point for the country, he added. According to the official figures of the Federal Bureau of Statistics, the exports surged to $ 13.228 billion in July-January 2010-11 against $ 10.784 billion in July-January 2009-10 thus showing an increase of 22.66 per cent in one-year period. Meanwhile, the imports went up by 16.73 per cent in one year as it recorded at $ 22.546 billion in July-January 2010-11 against $ 19.315 billion of July-January 2009-10. Meanwhile, the FBS data revealed that the country exported goods worth $ 2.328 billion in January 2011 against $ 2.126 billion of December 2010, which showed growth of 9.51 per cent in one-month period. However, the imports went down by 8.18 per cent in one month as the country imported goods worth $ 3.444 billion in January 2011 against $ 3.750 billion in December 2010.