Korea’s exports down for 12th month amid trade rows, chip slump

Seoul, South Korea’s exports slipped 14.3 percent in November from a year earlier to extend their slump to a 12th consecutive month, data showed Sunday, amid the protracted trade row between the United States and China, and an extended slump in chip prices.

Outbound shipments reached $44.1 billion last month, compared with $51.4 billion a year earlier, according to the data compiled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

Imports fell 13 percent on-year last month to $40.7 billion, the ministry added, decreasing for the seventh consecutive month.

The country’s trade surplus came to $3.37 billion in November, marking 94 straight months in which the country’s exports have exceeded imports.

But the surplus marks a 27.8 percent fall from a year earlier, the data showed.

The latest figures marked the longest drop since the 19-month consecutive decrease seen from January 2015 to July 2016.

Exports also posted a double-digit decline for the sixth consecutive month since June this year, data showed.

South Korea’s overall slump in outbound shipments was attributable to the weak global prices of chips and petrochemical products, the ministry said. The ministry also said there were fewer working days in November than a year earlier.

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