Singapore cuts projections for trade growth

Singapore, Aug 12 (IANS) The official projections for Singapore's trade growth have been downgraded in the second half of the year, trade promotion agency International Enterprise Singapore said Monday.

The agency narrowed and cut the projection for Singapore's non-oil domestic exports, a key gauge of the country's exports performance, to zero to one percent from the previous official forecast of 2-4 percent, reported Xinhua.

The forecast for growth in total trade was also downgraded to 2-3 percent.

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports declined by 4.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, following the contraction of 12.5 percent seen in the previous quarter.

Electronic domestic exports fell by 11.5 percent, compared with 17.2 percent in the first quarter, while non-electronic exports declined by 1.4 percent, compared with 10.1 percent in the first quarter.

International Enterprise Singapore said the country's trade and non-oil domestic exports are both expected to pick up modestly in tandem with the projected gradual recovery in global demand.

The projections for both non-oil domestic exports and total trade were cut due to the poor performance in the first half, it said.

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