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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's exports rose 9.6 percent to RM67.11 billion (about 22 billion U.S. dollars) in October from a year ago, exceeding forecasts of a 6.1 percent increase, according to official statistics on Friday.

The Ministry of International and Industry's data showed the exports in October were the fifth consecutive increase since June while when compared with September, exports rose 6.1 percent.

The major exports were electrical and electronic products valued at RM22.36 billion (about 7 billion US dollars), accounting of 33.3 percent of total exports, rising by 12.7 percent.

Meanwhile,imports in October increased by 13.9 percent to RM58. 88 billion (about 19 billion US dollars) from a year ago, again exceeding forecasts of a 7.1 percent increase. The imports were contributed mainly due to intermediate goods.

Exports to China grew 23.8 percent to RM8.88 billion (about 2.9 billion US dollars from a year ago. Higher exports of cathodes of refined copper; palm oil; E&E products mainly photosensitive semiconductor devices; chemicals and chemical products particularly hydrocarbons and their derivatives, were the major contributors to the increase.

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