Singapore Trade January 2018


Singapore: Export growth strengthens considerably at the beginning of the year

February 15, 2018

Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose 13.0% in annual terms in January, significantly above December’s soft 3.1% increase and surprising market analysts on the upside. The result confirmed that the city state’s economy is continuing to benefit from robust global demand.

January’s reading was driven by rising demand from the United States, the EU and Japan. On the other hand, exports toward Taiwan and Thailand declined. Looking at the sector-by-sector picture, exports of non-electronic products jumped 20.7% in January, following a much softer 6.8% increase in December. Meanwhile, exports of electronic goods continued to contract, dropping 3.9% in January, following December’s 5.3% decline, due to lower exports of PCs, ICs and disk drivers.

On a month-on-month seasonally-adjusted basis, exports dipped 0.3% in January, a softer contraction than the 1.9% decrease in the previous month.

Singapore Trade Balance Forecast

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see overall nominal exports expanding 3.4% in 2018, which would bring exports to a total of USD 380 billion. For 2019, the panel sees exports growing 3.5% and reaching a total of USD 395 billion.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Senior Economist

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Singapore Trade January 2018

Note: Year-on-year and seasonally-adjusted month-on-month variation of non-oil domestic exports in %.
Source: Statistics Singapore (Singstat) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and FocusEconomics calculations.

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