Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Korea's First Half IT Exports Set a New Record

The Joongang Ilbo reports today that Korea's IT exports are at record-setting levels.  The graphic accompanying this post shows the recent pattern (click to see a full-size version).  Not surprisingly, semiconductors and flat panel displays are leading the export surge.   Exports of mobile handsets, a traditional Korean export strength during the feature-phone era, dropped 20.8 percent during the first six months of this year, due to a decline in export unit prices and a delay in smartphone production by Korean firms.
The regional pattern is also interesting.  Korea exported the most IT products to China, selling $33.1 billion worth of items in the country, followed by the European Union with $8.99 billion, and the United States at $8.49 billion.

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