Hong Kong exports grew at their fastest pace in four months in June due to strong intra-regional demand, particularly from the mainland, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia, the government said yesterday. Shipments of goods last month rose 14 per cent to $142.3 billion compared with the same period a year ago, surprising economists who had expected growth of about 10 per cent. The increase was slightly above the 13.6 per cent growth recorded in May. Meanwhile, the value of imports rose 11.5 per cent to $146.4 billion last month, resulting in a trade deficit of $4 billion. Daniel Chan, an economist at DBS Bank Hong Kong, said export growth may slow to a single digit figure in the coming months as the effects of Sars begins to filter through.