/POLL-Taiwan export orders seen dropping faster in March as pandemic hits tech demand

POLL-Taiwan export orders seen dropping faster in March as pandemic hits tech demand

Orders median forecast -10.15% y/y (prior month -0.8%)

Data due Monday, April 20, 4:00 p.m. (0800 GMT)

TAIPEI, April 17 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s export orders likely fell for a third straight month in March and at a much faster pace, a Reuters poll showed, as the coronavirus pandemic hurts global demand for electronics which are pivotal to the island’s export-reliant economy.

The median forecast from the poll of 12 economists was for export orders to contract 10.15% from last year. Forecasts widely ranged from a decline of 2% to 20%.

February orders slipped 0.8% but at a far slower pace than January’s 12.8% decline, amid worries that the coronavirus outbreak would hurt the global economy and dent demand for consumer electronics.

Taiwan’s export orders are a leading indicator of demand for Asia’s exports and hi-tech gadgets, and typically lead actual exports by two to three months.