S. Korea's IT exports rise as global tech market recovers
SEOUL, Feb 07, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
South Korea's exports in the
information technology (IT) sector rose the most in 27 months as
global tech market showed signs of recovery, a government report
Exports in the IT industry increased 16.4 percent to 13.11
billion U.S. dollars in January compared with a year earlier, the
highest expansion in 27 months and keeping the growth trend for
five straight months, according to the Ministry of Knowledge
The increase came amid the global IT market recovery. According
to an IT research firm Gartner, the global IT market was expected
to grow 4.2 percent in 2013 after expanding 1.2 percent in the
Strong shipments of smartphones such as Samsung Electronics'
Galaxy S3 and LG Electronics' Optimus G led the January growth.
Handset exports jumped 32.7 percent in January, with those to
China and Vietnam surging 77.2 percent and 291.9 percent each.
The ministry expected the mobile phone exports to maintain a
growth trend, boosting expectations for record-level earnings of
tech firms. Samsung Electronics' fourth-quarter operating profit
topped prior record high for five straight quarters. LG
Electronics saw its smartphone sales breach those for feature
phones for the first time in the company's history.
Helped by brisk exports, trade surplus in the IT sector reached
6.11 billion dollars in January, around 7 times the surplus for
the overall industry. Imports in the sector rose 10.2 percent to 7
Semiconductor exports stayed above 4 billion dollars for six
straight months due to demand for system chips. Exports of those
chips, including mobile application processor for smartphones,
increased for 41 straight months. Memory chip shipments declined
amid the sluggishness in the global personal computer market.
Shipments of display panels increased 15.2 percent in January
after rising 10.4 percent in the prior month. Those for TVs made
the first growth in 15 months as demand for LCD TVs strengthened
amid the launches of premium smart TVs.
Exports of computer and computer-related products such as
printers and monitors increased 22.8 percent after falling 14
percent in December last year due to demand for solid state drive
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