The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe says the value of consumer goods imports has since January dropped to $401 million from $610 million same period last year.                        

The appetite for grocery imports by Zimbabweans is seemingly dropping on the back of a rebound in locally manufactured goods.   

The trend, according to the RBZ data, has led to productive imports overtaking the consumer goods imports in the first six months.

While the drop in consumer imports is a positive element, it has, however, exerted pressures on the foreign exchange requirements by industry to sustain local demand, said an economist Mr Ignatious Matungamire.

Although Zimbabwe has incurred a $1.3 billion trade deficit in the first six months, the economy registered an 18 percent growth in exports, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat).