SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) - South Korean exports to the United States in March reported the biggest annual growth in almost six years, revised trade data showed on Thursday, indicating global trade is recovering.
Sales to the United States, South Korea's No.2 overseas market behind China, rose 38.7 percent in value in March over a year earlier, the fastest gain since July 2004, the Korea Customs Service said.
Exports to China in March rose 51.0 percent from a year ago, compared with a 43.1 percent increase in February, it said in a statement.
Following is South Korea's revised March export and import data on a customs clearance basis (not seasonally adjusted, still subject to minor revisions):
revised *provisional Exports ($ billion) 37.45 37.69
(pct growth vs yr earlier) 34.3 35.1 Imports ($ billion) 35.63 35.49
(pct growth vs yr earlier) 49.0 48.4 Balance ($ billion) +1.82 +2.19 * provisional data was released by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy on April 1 [ID:nTOE63001V] Source: Korea Customs Service (Reporting by Cheon Jong-woo; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)