Taiwan February exports seen rising for 20th straight month: Reuters poll

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  • Exports median forecast +15.5% (prior month +16.7%)
  • Imports median forecast +19.65% (prior month +24.9%)
  • Balance median forecast $4.33 bln (prior month $4.92 bln)
  • CPI median forecast +2.7% y/y (prior month +2.84%)

TAIPEI, March 7 (Reuters) - Taiwan's exports likely rose for the 20th straight month in February but at a slower pace, a Reuters poll showed, boosted by sustained demand for chips and hi-tech gadgets despite a week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

Taiwan, a global hub for chip production and a key supplier to Apple Inc (AAPL.O), is one of Asia's major exporters of technology goods, and the trade data is seen as an important gauge of world demand for tech gadgets.

Exports last month were expected to have risen 15.5% from a year earlier, a Reuters poll of 15 analysts showed, slightly slower than the 16.7% gain in January. read more

The export forecasts ranged between a rise of 7.6% and 24.6%, reflecting uncertainties over the global economic recovery and ongoing supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first week of February was marked by the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

Separately, the consumer price index (CPI) was expected to have risen 2.7% from a year earlier, easing from an increase of 2.84% in January.

Trade and inflation data will both be released on Tuesday.

Poll compiled by Devayani Sathyan, Arsh Mogre and Carol Lee; Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Shivani Singh

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