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(LEAD) S. Korea's exports rise 11.2 pct on-year in Jan.

All News 09:17 February 01, 2017

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SEJONG, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports rose 11.2 percent in January from a year earlier on brisk overseas sales of semiconductors and petrochemicals, the government said Wednesday.

Outbound shipments came to US$40.3 billion last month, up from $36.2 billion tallied a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

(LEAD) S. Korea's exports rise 11.2 pct on-year in Jan. - 1

It is the first time in four years since January 2013 that the nation's exports have posted a double-digit growth. For the first time in two years and nine months since April 2014, the monthly export volume also expanded for three months in a row.

Imports expanded 18.6 percent on-year to $37.1 billion in January.

January's trade surplus came to $3.2 billion, marking the 60th consecutive month of a surplus.

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