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S.Korea Sept 1-20 exports rise 3.6%

SEOUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) - South Korean exports returned to growth in the first 20 days of September, the first increase in 20-day exports in six months, data from the Korea Customs Service showed on Monday.

Exports expanded 3.6% from a year earlier during Sept. 1-20, versus a 7.5% drop in the comparable period in August. Imports during the period declined 6.8% on-year.

A breakdown of data showed shipments of semiconductors, South Korea’s top-selling item, surged 25.3%, while exports to China, the nation’s biggest trading partner, jumped 8.7%.

Full month trade data for the month will be released on Oct. 1. (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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