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Singapore Exports Drop in June

Singapore’s exports fell for a second straight month in June, trade agency International Enterprise Singapore said on Thursday, hit by a slump in shipments of electronics.

Singapore’s exports of electronics fell 17.4 percent year-on-year in June after a 15.3 percent decline in May, taking non-oil domestic exports down 4.6 percent in June – double the 2.3 percent drop forecast in a Reuters survey.

“This reinforces that Singapore’s exports are underperforming… Singapore’s exports are among the worst in Asia,” said Tim Condon, head of research Asia for ING Bank in Singapore.

“My conjecture is that this is a structural issue and it’s related to the productivity drive, that some of Singapore’s exporters have relocated to Malaysia,” Condon said.

Electronics is a key driver of Singapore’s exports but it is not as well positioned in the electronics supply chain to gain from growth in smartphones and other recreational tech products.

Singapore’s exports have been underperforming while Malaysia’s exports have outperformed, which is unusual as those two tend to move together, Condon added.

via CNBC [1]

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