MOSCOW (MRC) -- The value of Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose 6.4% year over year in April, slower than the 7.7% expansion in March, as exports of electronic products fell on a monthly basis, said Businesstimes.
The pace of growth in April was almost in line with the market's consensus forecast, according to ING Bank economist Nicholas Mapa. The city-state's exports of electronic products rose 12.8% year over year in April, faster than the 11.5% expansion in March, driven by strong shipments of integrated circuits, IC parts and telecommunications equipment.
Non-electronic exports, meanwhile, rose 4.6% last month, retreating from the 6.8% jump in March. The sustained increase was driven by higher exports of specialized machinery, measuring instruments and structures of ships of boats.
The largest contributors to Singapore's NODX growth in April were Taiwan, Malaysia and the US. Exports to China, Hong Kong and South Korea declined. Singapore's overall foreign trade grew 21.8% in April from a year earlier, speeding up from the 17.6% expansion in March. Total exports, including oil, climbed 19.5%, while imports grew 24.4%.
On a month-over-month basis, Singapore's total trade rose 3.4%, weaker than the 4.2% rise between February and March. Exports edged up 3.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, gaining speed from the 0.4% jump in March, while imports rose 3.4%, easing from the 8.6% jump the previous month.
ING's Mapa warned that NODX could moderate in the coming months "on China slump and slower global demand." Singapore's NODX to China slumped 10.6% year over year in April, reversing the 4.7% jump in March.
As per MRC, Singapore's chemicals cluster output fell by 2.7% year on year in February while overall manufacturing production was up by 17.6%. On a year-on-year basis, output in the specialties, petrochemicals and other chemicals segments contracted by 2.0%, 3.1% and 8.8%, respectively in February, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said in a statement.