Indonesia trade picture brightens after Ramadan slump


Indonesia posted a slim trade surplus in July, bouncing back from a deficit the previous month caused by increased imports before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the Eid holiday, data showed on Monday (Sep 1).

Meanwhile inflation eased further to 3.99 per cent year-on-year in August from 4.53 per cent in July, continuing a downward trend after a big rise in fuel prices sparked a surge last year.

The trade surplus came in at US$125 million, compared to a deficit of around US$290 million in June as shops stocked up on expensive imported food and clothes before Islam’s holiest month.

Suryamin, the head of the official statistics agency, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said imports surged in June before the start of Ramadan but actually slowed during the holy month in July. Eid falls at the end of Ramadan.

Imports slipped to US$14.05 billion in July, down 19.31 per cent from a year earlier. The trade balance is keenly watched because a large shortfall adds to the current account deficit, which has been a key concern of foreign investors in recent times. Narrowing the deficit is one of the main economic challenges facing Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo, who will take office in October.

However on a more disappointing note, manufacturing activity in Indonesia contracted in August, according to HSBC’s purchasing managers’ index. It slipped to 49.5, a surprise reading after months of expansion. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while below signals contraction.


Source : Channel News Asia | September 1, 2014

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