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TABLE-S.Korea Dec exports rise 7.1 pct, beat expectation

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 7:01 PM ET

SEOUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for December, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Wednesday (rounded):

DEC *NOV Balance ($ billion) 3.7 4.8 Exports ($ billion) 48.1 47.9 (pct growth vs yr ago) +7.1 +0.2 Imports ($ billion) 44.4 43.1 (pct growth vs yr ago) +3.0 -0.6 * Revised figures released on Dec. 15, 2013

NOTES: - Reuters poll: Exports were seen up 6.4 percent in December over a year earlier while imports were seen up 3.5 percent.

- The average export value per working day stood at $2.09 billion in December, compared with a revised $2.04 billion in November, Reuters calculations show. - For the whole of 2013, exports grew 2.2 percent while imports shrank by 0.8 percent, generating a trade surplus of $44.2 billion, the ministry data showed. The figures are all preliminary and subject to revision later. - China is South Korea's largest export market, taking about one-quarter of shipments, followed by the United States and the European Union. - By product, electronics goods account for just over one-fifth of the country's total exports, followed by automobiles and industrial machinery.

(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Choonsik Yoo)