April 1, 2019 / 6:13 PM / 3 months ago

CORRECTED-Brazil posts $4.99 bln trade surplus in March -Economy Ministry

(Corrects 2nd paragraph to say imports were up from the prior year month, not down)

BRASILIA, April 1 (Reuters) - Brazil posted a trade surplus of $4.99 billion in March, the Economy Ministry said on Monday, some 22.3 percent smaller than the $6.42 billion surplus from the same month last year.

Exports totaled $18.12 billion, down 1.0 percent from March last year, while imports totaled $13.13 billion, up 5.1 percent from the same month last year, Economy Ministry figures showed. (Reporting by Mateus Maia, writing by Jamie McGeever Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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