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South Korea returns to commerce surplus in June


South Korea returned to a commerce surplus in June after 15 consecutive months of deficits, as a decline in exports moderated considerably.

Exports fell 6.0% from a yr earlier, to $54.24 billion, following a 15.2% drop in Might, in keeping with preliminary knowledge launched by the nation’s commerce ministry on Saturday. The median market forecast was for a 4.0% contraction in June.

Imports dropped 11.7% from a yr earlier, to $53.11 billion in June, leading to a commerce surplus of $1.13 billion. That ended a streak of month-to-month deficits since March 2022.

Shipments of ships and automobiles rose 99% and 58%, respectively, from a yr earlier in June whereas these of laptop chips fell 28% on yr, the commerce knowledge confirmed.

Exports to China declined 19% on yr in June, slower than a 21% drop in Might, the info confirmed.

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