Strong re-exports last month continued to buoy growth in Hong Kong's total exports, which increased in value by 12.6 per cent to $189.5 billion compared with a year earlier, the government said. Last month's trade figure was slightly below the consensus estimate of 13.3 per cent and saw a marked decline on May's 16.9 per cent rise on the previous year. Re-exports again grew by double digits - 14.1 per cent, or $179.4 billion - in June, which helped offset disappointing domestic exports of $10.1 billion, down 8.6 per cent on the period last year, the Census and Statistics Department said. A government spokesman said much of the export growth was supported by the rebounding global economy, especially in the US and on the mainland. 'The outlook for the external environment remains fairly favourable,' he added. The government stressed that recent changes to the yuan peg to the US dollar were not expected to have a significant impact on Hong Kong's external trade. Imports in June also rose by 10.5 per cent to $196.5 billion year on year, down from the 16 per cent rise seen in May.