South Korea's exports fell 8.7 percent in the first 10 days of this month from a year earlier due to decreased business days, the latest customs data showed Monday.
Total outbound shipments reached US$12.3 billion from Sept. 1-10, down from $13.5 billion tallied over the same period last year, according to numbers compiled by the Korea Customs Service.
The drop came as there were seven business days during the 10-day period, compared with the previous year's eight.
Exports of semiconductors continued the rally this month to surge 42.9 percent on-year, while those of petroleum products and passenger cars rose 15 percent and 13.7 percent, respectively.
Overseas sales of South Korea-made wireless devices sank 18.7 percent and exports of auto parts slumped 37.6 percent in the same period.
By country, exports to China retreated 2.8 percent over the 10-day period from a year earlier amid Beijing's retaliatory moves against Seoul's plan to deploy a U.S. missile defense system on its soil.
Shipments to the United States also fell 5.2 percent, and those to the European Union edged down 0.7 percent on-year.
Meanwhile, imports contracted 3.4 percent on-year to $11.9 billion during the same period, with a trade surplus totaling $400 million.
Exports of Asia's fourth-largest economy have been on a roll since November last year on the back of recovering world trade and rising oil prices. (Yonhap)