Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX), closely watched for clues on economic growth, contracted in April, belying expectations for growth.

NODX for April contracted 0.7 percent on-year, after five straight months of growth, the International Enterprise Singapore data showed on Wednesday. That compared with a Reuters forecast for a 12.4 percent increase.

On a month-on-month seasonally adjusted basis, NODX fell 9.0 percent, compared with a Reuters forecast for a 4.1 percent contraction.

IE Singapore attributed the contraction to a decline in non-electronic NODX offsetting growth in the electronics segment.

NODX came in at 13.6 billion Singapore dollars ($9.75 billion) for the month on a seasonally adjusted basis, down from S$14.9 billion in March, the data showed.

The electronics segment expanded for a sixth straight month, rising 4.8 percent on-year, with growth in PC parts and disk-media products the biggest contributors.

But non-electronic NODX fell 2.9 percent, after rising 20.8 percent in March, amid sharp drops in the volatile pharmaceutical segment, as well as falls in non-electric engines and motors and non-monetary gold.

But total trade still rose in April, up 5.7 percent on year, with total exports up 4.2 percent and total imports up 7.5 percent, the data showed, although it noted that on a seasonally adjusted basis, total trade declined 4.4 percent on-month to S$76.7 billion.

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