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Indonesia posts smaller-than-expected US$200m trade surplus in June

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Indonesia recorded a narrower-than-expected trade surplus in June, as imports surprisingly rose, government data showed on Monday.

[JAKARTA] Indonesia recorded a narrower-than-expected trade surplus in June, as imports surprisingly rose, government data showed on Monday.

Southeast Asia's largest economy had a surplus of around US$200 million in June, the statistics bureau said. A Reuters poll had expected a US$690 million surplus. Indonesia had a surprise surplus of US$218.5 million in May.

Imports increased 2.80 per cent in June from a year earlier to US$11.58 billion, as opposed to the poll's prediction of a 5 per cent drop.

June exports were down 8.98 per cent on year to US$11.78 billion, as earnings from minerals as well as oil and gas products plunged.

Through May, Indonesian exports and imports both declined for months, in line with softer global trade amid the US-China trade war.

Statistics bureau chief Suhariyanto said long holidays at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan contributed to June's weak foreign trade.

REUTERS