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(ECO) TURKEY'S EXPORTS IN JULY ARE HIGHEST FIGURES OF 2009.

DENIZLI/ANKARA, Aug 2, 2009 (TUR) -- The head of Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) said on Saturday that Turkey's exports reached the highest level of 2009 in July.

Holding a press conference in the western province of Denizli, TIM's chairman Mehmet Buyukeksi said that Turkey's exports fell 27.15 percent to 8.8 billion USD in July 2009 compared to the same period of last year.

"These export figures are the highest of 2009. We have achieved this level for the first time this year," he said.

Pointing to the 7 percent increase in quantity index in export figures of July, Buyukeksi said, "This is an indicator showing that there is an improvement".

Upon a question on the search for alternative markets, Buyukeksi said Turkey's exports to countries such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya and Yemen increased, adding that exports to the countries in Africa and the Middle East would continue to increase in the upcoming period.

On the other hand, releasing a written statement on the export figures of July 2009, Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that exports rose by 9.6 percent in July compared to the figures of June.

"There is a significant shrinkage in comparison with the figures of July 2008. However, we have started to leave behind the worst days of the global crisis. Exports increased by 9.6 percent in July 2009 compared to June. Such developments show that we will be able to reach the 104 billion USD export target of 2009," Caglayan said.

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