SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s non-oil domestic export growth likely dropped sharply in May as demand for electronics and pharmaceuticals cooled, a Reuters survey of economists showed on Friday.
Exports in May were expected to have risen 4.7 percent from a year earlier, at less than half the pace of April, according to the median forecast of nine economists surveyed.
On a month-on-month and seasonally adjusted basis, non-oil domestic exports were seen up 1.0 percent, the poll found.
The global exports boom has benefitted Singapore and other trade-dependent Asian economies in the past year, particularly for makers of electronics products and components such as semiconductors, but growth has started to moderate this year.
Electronics continue to be a significant source of trade strength for Singapore, but the sector has started to lose momentum.
“Global tech demand has passed its peak,” credit-rating firm Moody’s said in a note to clients.
“But the annual falls in electronic shipments are overstated because of a high base,” it added.
In April, the city-state reported a surprise 11.8 percent jump in exports thanks to a surge in pharmaceutical sales, despite declining electronic shipments.
Exports rose 6.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted, month-on-month basis.
Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Jacqueline Wong