TAIPEI, Feb 25 (AFP): Taiwan's export orders in January fell 11.22 percent to 22.11 billion US dollars from December, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Thursday.
The January figure represented a 20.01 percent increase year-on-year, compared with a 24.22 percent year-on-year rise the preceding month, the ministry said.
Export orders for information technology and communications products in January totaled 4.75 billion dollars, up 57.91 percent from a year earlier, it said.
Electronics products orders totaled 5.01 billion, up 29.13 percent year-on-year.
Orders for Textiles fell 4.49 percent year-on-year to 937 million dollars, base metal and base metal products were down 3.28 percent at 1.74 billion, and plastics and rubber products fell 9.11 percent to 1.07 billion.
The ministry said January export orders from the United States were up 22.69 percent year-on-year to 6.11 billion dollars, while orders from Europe were up 29.63 percent from a year earlier to 3.89 billion dollars.
Orders from Hong Kong in January rose 9.72 percent year-on-year to 4.97 billion dollars, while orders from Japan increased 33.89 percent to 2.64 billion.