IPhones in Christmas stockings excites Asia’s exporters

It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping, and Asian nations are starting to benefit. Exports from the region are recovering as demand from the U.S. and other developed economies picks up.

Shipments from China to the U.S. rose 6.7 percent in September from a year earlier, while Japan’s gained 10.4 percent.

Taiwan’s export orders to the U.S. rose 20.5 percent in September from August and were up 0.6 percent from a year ago.

“Improvements in export data across the regional supply chain show promising signs that demand is returning within certain industries like electronics and automobiles,” said Wai Ho Leong, a Singapore-based economist at Barclays plc.

The increasing shipments “are likely to set the stage for a later pickup in consumer demand from developed markets, namely U.S. and Europe, in the coming months as we approach the pre-festive stocking period,” he said.

One bright spot is electronics — Singapore’s shipments rose 5.7 percent in September from a year earlier, helping the city state’s overall exports beat forecasts.

Apple Inc’s iPhone 6S released in September gave Taiwan’s exports a significant boost as companies including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. are integral to the supply chain of the device, Hong-Kong based Natixis SA senior economist Trinh D. Nguyen wrote in a note. Taiwan’s export orders for information and communication products expanded 37.3 percent month-on-month.

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