Indonesia Trade Surplus Rises to $950 Million in May as Imports Dive

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The FINANCIAL — Indonesia’s trade surplus swelled to $950 million in May from $454 million in April as imports tumbled in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the official statistics agency said on June 15, according to Nasdaq.

A Wall Street Journal survey of eight economists had showed a median forecast for a surplus of $650 million amid declining imports and exports.

Indonesia has posted a trade surplus for six straight months, a welcome development as the country tries to plug a current-account deficit. The nation, however, is also facing weaker consumption as it struggles with its lowest economic growth in more than five years.

Indonesia’s exports were $12.56 billion in May, falling 4.11% from a month earlier. Total exports declined 15.24% from a year earlier.

Imports fell 8.05% sequentially to $11.61 billion. From a year earlier, total imports dropped 21.40%.

The country, with a nearly $900 billion economy, has recorded a deficit in its current account in the past three years amid faltering growth in China, the largest buyer of Indonesian coal and minerals.

 

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