Korea’s current account surplus hits 11-month high in Sept.
South Korea’s current account surplus reached an 11-month high in September, although its amount narrowed from a year earlier due to slowing exports, central bank data showed Nov. 6.
The country’s current account surplus reached $7.48 billion in September, compared with a surplus of $11.01 billion a year earlier, according to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea.
The figure represents a surplus for five months in a row. The current account is the biggest measure of cross-border trade.
The September tally, however, marks the highest since October last year when the comparable figure was $9.35 billion, the data showed.
Park Dong-jun, head of the balance payment team at the BOK, said slowing exports were to blame for the narrowed current account surplus.
The goods account surplus narrowed to $8.84 billion from $13.01 billion over the cited period, due to a large cut in exports.
Exports fell 10.3 percent on-year to $46.01 billion September, with imports declining 3 percent to $37.17 billion.
The BOK said the travel balance-related deficit narrowed to $780 million in September from a deficit of $1.15 billion a year earlier.
The primary income account surplus came to $1.4 billion in September from a surplus of $970 million a year earlier.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)