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Vietnam's phone export up 14.3 pct in 5 months

HANOI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam earned nearly 24.9 billion U.S. dollars from exporting phones and components in the first five months of this year, according to the country's General Statistics Office on Thursday.

The number accounted for 16.3 percent of the country's total export revenue over the period and posted a year-on-year rise of 14.3 percent.

With that revenue, phones and components continued to be Vietnam's largest export items, followed by computers and electronic components, as well as garments and textiles.

Between January and May, Vietnam also spent nearly 9.1 billion dollars importing phones and components, up 19.3 percent year on year.

In 2021, the country earned more than 57.5 billion dollars from exporting phones and components, mainly to China, the United States and South Korea, up 12.4 percent from the previous year, according to the office.