ZIMBABWE’s cumulative trade deficit in the eight months to August 2018 increased to $1,84 billion from $1,74 billion recorded in the year to December 2017, latest data shows. The southern African country has persistently run a trade deficit since dollarisation in 2009, amid indications that the cumulative trade deficit in the past nine year has since breached $20 billion. Figures released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) this week indicated that the country imported goods and services worth $577 million during the month of August against exports of $449 million. This means that the country’s cumulative trade deficit grew by $127 million during that month and now stands at $1,84 billion. The trade gap has widened by 37 percent,…