Philippine exports up 11 pct in March


Posted at May 09 2014 10:37 AM | Updated as of May 09 2014 06:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The country's exports rose 11.2 percent in March to $5.23 billion, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Total exports in the first three months of the year were up 6.5 percent from a year ago to $14.26 billion.

Electronics and semiconductors, which made up 41.4 percent of total exports in March, grew 10.1 percent to $2.17 billion against a contraction of 13.2 percent year ago.

Other top exports included woodcrafts and furniture, machinery and transport equipment and ignition wirings used for vehicles and aircraft.

The electronics industry group forecast electronic exports could grow 5 percent this year.

The Southeast Asian nation provides about 10 percent of the world's semiconductor manufacturing services, including for mobile phone chips and micro processors.

Based on the central bank's latest estimates, Philippine exports and imports are both expected to rise 6 percent this year.

The Philippines expects its economy to grow 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year after expanding 7.2 percent in 2013, the fastest in Southeast Asia.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas kept its benchmark rate steady on Thursday but raised banks' reserve requirements for the second straight meeting, as expected, amid concerns that persistently high liquidity could stoke inflation.