TABLE-S.Korea July exports surges in longest stretch of expansion since 2011

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

July *JUNE Balance ($ billion) 10.65 10.77 Exports ($ billion) 48.85 51.37 (pct growth vs yr ago) +19.5 +13.6 Imports ($ billion) 38.20 40.60 (pct growth vs yr ago) +14.5 +19.8

NOTES: - Reuters poll: Exports were seen to rise 17.4 percent from a year earlier while imports were seen up 15.6 percent.

- July exports rising for 9th month in a row marks the longest stretch of shipment expansion since 2011, the Korea Customs Service said. - The average export value per working day stood at $2.08 billion in July, compared with $2.23 billion in June, Thomson Reuters calculations show. - China is South Korea's largest export market, taking about one-quarter of shipments, followed by the United States and the European Union.

(Reporting by Cynthia Kim)