Official data issued Tuesday (2/1/07) indicated an increase in imports of raw material and capital goods, usually a sign that manufacturing industries are gearing up for higher production, Reuters reported.
The country's trade surplus narrowed to $3.06 billion in November from $4.23 billion in October.
Imports rose 31% to $5.86 billion on the back of an 18% on-month increase in raw material imports and a 94% on-month surge in capital goods imports.
"The spike in imports was of capital goods and raw materials, which shows investment is rising and will rise in the months ahead," Standard Chartered's Fauzi Ichsan said.
November non-oil and non-gas imports rose 57.0% on month to $4.43 billion, while oil and gas imports fell 14.4% to $1.43 billion. Imports of petroleum products were down 13% to $812.8 million.
Exports grew 2.3% to a record high $8.92 billion. Non-oil and non-gas exports rose 0.6% on month to $7.17 billion.
Exports between January and November rose 18.0% to $91.19 billion, while imports were up 6.1% to $56.06 billion.
Exports are estimated to have exceeded $100 billion in 2006, hitting an all-time record, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said, according to Antara.
In the first 11 months of 2006, exports had already reached $91.19 billion, a 17.61% increase from the same period in the previous year.
The exports in the first 11 months of 2006 included $71.89 billion in non-oil/gas commodities, up 19.56% from the same period last year.
Heriawan said rubber and rubber goods and coal are among the major commodities contributing strongly to the increase in export value.