SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s June non-oil domestic exports (NODX) jumped 16.1% from a year ago, beating forecasts, official data showed on Friday, helped by shipments of pharmaceuticals, specialised machinery and electronics.
That was reversal of a revised 4.6% decline in May, and higher than the 6.2% increase forecast by economists in a Reuters poll. The figure was also boosted by a low base comparison from the year earlier.
On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, exports rose 0.5% in June after a revised 4.6% fall in the previous month, Enterprise Singapore said in a statement.
Economists had forecast a 2.2% contraction.
Shipments of non-monetary gold also bolstered June’s rebound, up 238.0% from a year earlier. The city-state is a big regional player in the gold trade, and exports can be affected by sharp swings in value.
(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)