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High demand for computers lifts S. Korea's ICT exports
South Korea exported US$14.9 billion worth of ICT products in June to rebound by one percent on-year, mainly due to an 84.5 percent on-year increase in outbound shipments of computers that hit $1.27 billion.
The increasing number of people forced to work from home due to the pandemic triggered the strong demand for computers.
The robust shipments of ICT products marked an improvement over a 2.7-percent decline in May, preceded by a 15.3-percent on-year drop in April.
South Korea imported $8.96 billion worth of ICT products in June, resulting in a $5.9 billion trade surplus.
In contrast, exports of smartphones plummeted 10.6 percent to reach $880 million.
Outbound shipments of displays also dropped 5.2 percent to reach $1.5 billion due to weaker demand for LCD products.
By destination, exports to the United States rose 26 percent in June to hit $1.94 billion, which was the sixth consecutive month it increased on-year.
Those to Vietnam surged 5.7 percent on-year in June, mainly due to smartphones and displays.
Meanwhile, exports to China slid by 1.6 percent to $7.28 billion.
South Korea's overall exports dipped by 10.9 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of decline.