Philippines’ exports grew for the fourth straight month in February driven by increased demand for the country’s electronic goods.
Exports grew 42.3% year-on-year after a 42.5% rise in the previous month, the National Statistics Office said Tuesday. Economists were looking for a 39.9% increase. Export earnings in February jumped to $3.567 billion from $2.506 billion in the previous year.
However, on a monthly basis, export revenue dropped 0.4% in February. In January, revenue rose 8.1% on a monthly basis.
Electronic products with a revenue share of 58.1% topped the list of exported goods in the country by earning a total revenue of $2.072 billion during the month. Export earnings of electronic goods grew 53.4% year-on-year after 51.2% in January. On a monthly basis, export earnings from electronic goods rose 1.9%, following the 8.1% growth in the previous month.
Semiconductors, accounting for 42.3% of the total export earnings, earned an export revenue of $1.508 billion, up 59.6% compared from the previous period.
Japan emerged as the top export destination for the country, comprising 17.6% share of total exports. Total export earnings from Japan increased 55.4% annually to $627.04 million in February. Exports to the U.S. accounted for 16.9% of the total exports and the revenue stood at $603.83 million. The export value increased 29.5% year-on-year, making it the second largest market for Philippine goods. (PIA-Bohol)