Singapore's non-oil domestic exports (NODX) rose 2.1 percent in February from a year ago, as shipments to the United States rose and a decline in sales to China moderated.
This reversed a 10.1 percent overall decline in year-on-year exports that was reported in January. Five economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had a median forecast of a 2 percent increase.
The data released Thursday by International Enterprise Singapore, the country's trade agency, showed that shipments to China dropped 1.2 percent in February compared to the same period a year earlier, a big improvement on the 25.2 percent on-year fall recorded in January.
Shipments to the U.S. were up 4.2 percent, reversing a 5.1 percent decline in January.