Indonesia's trade deficit narrowed slightly in January as there has been better demand from developed countries. However, Indonesian exports remain under pressure with persistent weak global demand. Moreover, higher crude oil prices increase the country's import costs. In addition to Indonesia's trade deficit, annual inflation increased to 5.31 percent in February due to rising food prices and higher electricity tariffs.
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Semen Indonesia, Indonesia's largest cement producer, reported net profit of IDR 4.93 trillion (US $510.9 million) in 2012, a 24.6 percent increase compared to its performance in 2011. Earnings per share increased to IDR 817 from a previous IDR 662. The company benefits of significantly increased cement consumption in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Domestic cement consumption grew 14.4 percent, to 54.9 million tons in 2012.
Nippon Indosari Corpindo, Indonesia’s largest producer of bread products, will not pursue a stock split to improve its stocks' liquidity on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG). According to analysts, the company's stocks are fairly active and thus will not need such a measure. Nippon Indosari's stocks have fallen by around 11 percent this year. This performance is in stark contrast with 2012 when it gained 112.3 percent during the year.
Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s largest bank by assets, reported net profit of IDR 15.5 trillion (US $1.6 billion) over 2012, implying a 26.6 percent increase compared to 2011. Profit growth was fuelled by increase in net interest income, which increased to USD 27.5 trillion (US $2.85 billion), up from IDR 23.6 trillion in the previous year, and a growth in fee-based income of 2.4 percent. Total outstanding loans at the bank rose 23.7 percent to IDR 388.8 trillion (US $40.3 billion).