Indonesia December trade surplus at $1.52 billion, 3rd month of surpluses

Sha Ying | CNBC

Indonesia posted a bigger-than-expected trade surplus of $1.52 billion in December, government data showed on Monday, putting the trade balance in the black for a third straight month and relieving pressure on the ailing rupiah.

The result compared with the median forecast for a $550 million surplus in a Reuters poll of analysts and followed a $780 million surplus in November.

(Read more: Down but not out - Indonesian plays still offer value)

Exports rose 10.33 percent in December from a year earlier, while imports dropped 0.79 percent, the data from the statistics bureau showed.

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