BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s customs-cleared annual exports are expected to have risen 3.26 percent in November, a Reuters poll showed, after climbing 8.7 percent in the previous month.
Imports in November likely rose 8.34 percent from a year earlier, after increasing 11.23 percent in October, according to the median forecast of 10 analysts in the poll.
Thailand likely recorded a trade surplus of $0.87 billion in November, the poll showed, compared with October’s deficit of $0.28 billion.
The commerce ministry still expects exports - a key driver of growth - to increase 8 percent this year, after rising 9.9 percent last year.
On Wednesday, the central bank cut its 2018 export growth forecast to 7 percent from 9 percent. It also lowered its 2019 export growth estimate to 3.8 percent from 4.3 percent.
Reporting by Orathai Sriring and Khushboo Mittal in BENGALURU, Editing by Sunil Nair