India's exports grew by 8.32 per cent to $ 24.01 billion in May, mainly on account of robust performance by sectors like petroleum, chemicals, engineering goods as well as gems and jewelry. Imports too jumped 33.09 per cent to $\u00a037.85 billion last month from $\u00a028.44 billion in May 2016, according to the data released by the commerce ministry. A huge jump in gold imports pushed up the trade deficit to $\u00a013.84 billion during the month under review from $\u00a06.27 billion a year ago. The imports of the precious metal rose 3-fold to $\u00a04.95 billion in May compared to $\u00a01.47 billion in the same month last year. Exports in April-May increased by 13.83 per cent to $\u00a048.64 billion. Imports during the period up by 40.63 per cent.