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ELECTRONICS EXPORTS GROWTH RATE REMAINS HEALTHY DESPITE SLUGGISH WORLD ECONOMIES

 WASHINGTON, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Industries Association (EIA) announced today that preliminary data indicates U.S. exports of electronics products reached $20.4 billion for the first quarter of 1993, a growth rate of 8 percent over last year's exports of $18.8 billion during the same period.
 Imports of foreign electronics products reached $22.2 billion, or 14 percent, over last year's first quarter imports of $19.5 billion.
 The current trade balance in electronics reflects a deficit of approximately $1,880 billion.
 In announcing the trade statistics, EIA President Peter F. McCloskey stated: "Our exports growth continues to exhibit strength despite the sluggish Asian and European economies. Obviously, any improvement in these economies bodes well for our industries' continued export growth."
 For more than 69 years the Electronic Industries Association has been the national trade organization representing U.S. electronics manufacturers. Committed to the competitiveness of the American producer, EIA represents the entire spectrum of companies involved in the manufacture of electronic components, parts, systems and equipment for communications, industrial, government and consumer-end uses.
 Preliminary
 U.S. Electronics Trade
 First Quarter 1993
 (millions of dollars)
 Imports Exports
 Pct. Pct.
 1993 1992 change 1993 1992 change
 Electron tubes 132 158 -16.5 187 156 19.9
 Passive
 Components 2,099 2,122 -1.1 1,512 1,479 2.2
 Solid State
 Products 4,408 3,619 21.8 4,490 3,804 18.0
 Consumer
 Electronics 3,311 3,362 -1.5 774 734 5.4
 Telecommunications 2,052 1,902 7.9 2,251 1,930 16.6
 Other
 Communications(A) 253 266 -4.9 595 616 -3.4
 Computers
 & Peripherals 8,664 6,870 26.1 7,739 7,414 4.4
 Industrial
 Electronics 759 645 17.7 1,914 1,816 5.4
 Electromedical
 Equipment 558 554 0.7 894 829 7.8
 Total 22,236 19,498 14.0 20,356 18,778 8.4
 Balance of Trade
 1993 1992 Pct. Change
 Electron Tubes 55 (2) n/m
 Passive
 Components (587) (643) -8.7
 Solid State
 Products 82 185 -55.7
 Consumer
 Electronics (2,537) (2,628) -3.5
 Telecommunications 199 28 n/m
 Other Communications(A) 342 350 -2.3
 Computers
 & Peripherals (925) 544 n/m
 Industrial-
 Electronics 1,155 1,171 -1.4
 Electromedical
 Equipment 336 275 22.2
 Total (1,880) (720) n/m
 Source: U.S. Department of Commerce. Compiled by EIA Marketing Services Department.
 (A) Includes specialized defense communications devices.
 n/m -- Not meaningful
 -0- 5/28/93
 /CONTACT: Mark V. Rosenker, vice president-public affairs, Electronic Industries Association, 202-457-4980/


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