UPDATE 2-Thai exports drop less than expected, rebound not seen until H2

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* Feb exports -4.7% y/y vs -6.9% in Reuters poll * Feb imports +1.1% y/y vs +2.1% in poll * Trade deficit at $1.11 bln vs $1.45 bln deficit in poll * Ministry sees exports down in H1 before improving in H2 (Adds details, key exports, markets) By Kitiphong Thaichareon and Orathai Sriring BANGKOK, March 30 (Reuters) - Thailand's customs-based exports contracted for a fifth straight month but by less than forecast in February, as the global economy slowed, with shipments expected to drop further in the first half of the year, the Commerce Ministry said on Thursday. Exports, a...