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* Exports median forecast +26.9% (prior month +27.1%)
* Imports median forecast +24% (prior month +27.0%)
* Balance median forecast $3.12 bln (prior month $3.66 bln)
* CPI median forecast +1.7% y/y (prior month +1.26%)
* Trade due Friday, May 7, 4:00 p.m. (0800 GMT)
* CPI due Thursday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.
TAIPEI, May 5 (Reuters) - Taiwan's exports likely rose for a
10th straight month in April, a Reuters poll showed, lifted by
demand for electronic goods as people continued to work and
study from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taiwan is one of Asia's major exporters of technology goods,
and its export trend is a key gauge of global demand for hi-tech
It is a key supplier to Apple Inc, which last week
posted sales and profits ahead of Wall Street expectations
fuelled by 5G iPhone upgrades but warned that a global chip
shortage could dent iPads and Mac sales by several billion
The export forecasts from the poll of 11 analysts ranged
widely between a rise of 20% and 32.3%, on uncertainties over
the coronavirus outbreak that has disrupted the global supply
chain and sent major economies into recession.
Exports were seen climbing 26.9% last month, though the
median number will be off a lower base, as it was in April last
year when the pandemic was biting in China, Taiwan's largest
trading partner, leading to factory closures.
In March, exports rose 27.1% from a year earlier.
Taiwan's exports have been helped by robust demand for
laptops and tablets to support working from home due to the
Imports were seen growing 24% in April, after soaring 27.0%
in the prior month.
The consumer price index (CPI) was tipped to rise 1.7% from
a year earlier, compared with an increase of 1.26% in March.
The inflation data will be released on Thursday and the
trade data on Friday.
(Poll compiled by Carol Lee; Reporting by Ben Blanchard;
Editing by Rashmi Aich)