SEOUL, June 1 (Reuters) - Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for May, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Thursday (rounded):
MAY *APRIL Balance ($ billion) +5.99 +12.98 Exports ($ billion) 45.04 50.98 (pct growth vs yr ago) +13.4 +24.1 Imports ($ billion) 39.05 38.00 (pct growth vs yr ago) +18.2 +17.3
NOTES: - Reuters poll: Exports were seen jumping 13.6 percent in May over a year earlier while imports were seen surging 14.6 percent. - China is South Korea's largest export market, taking about a quarter of shipments, followed by the United States.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim and Choonsik Yoo)