© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A ship prepares to dock at PSA’s Tanjong Pagar container port in Singapore April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 20.1% year-on-year in August, official data showed on Monday, as both electronics and non-electronics exports to the United States, Europe and China declined.
The decline compared with a Reuters poll forecast of a 15.8% contraction, and continued the 20.3% contraction seen in July.
On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, NODX decreased 3.8%, Enterprise Singapore data showed, versus the prior month’s 3.5% decline. Economists had forecast 5.5% growth.
Last month, Singapore narrowed its economic growth forecast to 0.5% to 1.5% this year from 0.5% to 2.5%, after it narrowly averted a recession in the second quarter when its economy expanded a seasonally-adjusted 0.1%.