Singapore's main exports decline again: govtSingapore's main exports tumbled for the third straight month in July July: see month. , hurt by weak demand for electronic goods in key markets including the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , the government said Monday.
Shipments of non-oil domestic exports (NODX NODX Non-Oil Domestic Exports (Singapore) ) dropped by 5.7 percent last month from a year ago, International Enterprise Singapore International Enterprise Singapore (Abbreviation: IE Singapore,Chinese: 新加坡国际企业发展局) is a statutory board incorporated under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore) with the aim of spearheading the said.
The fall was bigger than predicted by a Dow Jones Newswires Dow Jones Newswires is the real-time financial news organization owned by Dow Jones. Founded in 1882, its primary competitors are Bloomberg L.P. and Reuters. The company reports more than 420,000 subscribers -- including brokers, traders, analysts and fund managers -- as of July poll of analysts, which forecast a drop of around five percent from the same period last year.
NODX is a key gauge of the trade-led Singaporean economy, Southeast Asia's most advanced.
On a month-on-month seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Mathematically adjusted by moderating a macroeconomic indicator (e.g., oil prices/imports) so that relative comparisons can be drawn from month to month all year. basis, Singapore's NODX fell 2.2 percent, reversing the 4.2 percent rise recorded in June, the trade promotion agency said in its monthly report.
In July, Singapore's NODX shipments were valued at 13.67 billion Singapore dollars (9.97 billion US) while total trade rose 20.6 percent to 88.30 billion dollars, the trade agency said.
Electronics exports continued a dive begun in February 2007, declining by 14.2 percent in July to 5.22 billion dollars, it said.
Poor demand from Singapore's main electronics buyers, the United States and Europe, was the main reason behind the drag.
Overall NODX shipments to the US plunged 33.1 percent in July following a 24.3 percent fall in June. They skidded 26.9 percent to Europe last month after a 16.1 percent decline in June, the agency said.
In the face of a global economic slowdown For articles with similar titles, see Slow Down (disambiguation).
A slowdown is an industrial action in which employees perform their duties but seek to reduce productivity or efficiency in their performance of these duties. , International Enterprise Singapore last week cut its export growth forecast.
It predicted NODX could fall 2.0-4.0 percent this year against a previous forecast for a rise of 2.0-4.0 percent.
Singapore's economy is largely externally driven and trade is worth more than three times the country's gross domestic product, which was 243.17 billion dollars in 2007.