ISLAMABAD Despite thousands of industrial units have closed down in the country due to power shortage, the countrys exports showed growth of 37.78 percent in the month of March over the same period of last financial year. According to the data released by the Federal Bureau of Statistics on Monday, the country exported goods worth of $1.807 billion in March as compared to $1.312 billion in the same month of previous year indicating an increase of 37.78 percent in one year. Meanwhile, imports in March 2010 also witnessed an increase of 39.60 percent with total imports standing at $3.287 billion as compared with the imports of $2.355 billion in March 2009. The trade deficit in March 2010 increased by 41.89 percent and totalled at $1.480 billion as compared with the trade deficit of $1.043 million in March 2009. The country exported a large quantity of cotton and yarn in so far period of the ongoing fiscal year in the wake high prices of these goods in the international market, which is one of the main reasons behind the overall export growth, trade analysts believed. According to analysts, it is expected that more industries will close down in the country, as already thousands of industrial units are not operating due to the power loadshedding, which had rendered thousands of people unemployed. According to the trade data, the country managed to export goods worth of $14.186 billion in Jul-March period of the ongoing fiscal year as against the exports of goods worth $13.382 billion in the same period of last fiscal year 2008-09, showing an increase of 6.01 percent. The imports of the country during the Jul-March period amounted to $25.107 billion as compared with $26.123 billion in the same period of last fiscal year indicating a decline of 3.89 percent. The countrys trade deficit during the first nine months from July-March period of ongoing fiscal year 2009-10 witnessed a decrease of 14.29 percent and totalled at $10.921 billion as compared with $12.741 billion in the same period of last fiscal year 2008-09. Similarly, Pakistans exports witnessed an increase of 17.37 percent in March 2010 with total exports at $1.807 billion as against the exports of $1.540 billion in February 2010. Imports of the country amounted to $3.287 billion in March 2010 as compared with imports of $2.505 billion in February 2010 showing an increase of 31.24 percent. The trade deficit in March 2010 enhanced by 53.40 percent with total deficit at $1.480 billion as against the deficit of $965 million in February 2010.