The single-month export earnings from merchandise shipments fell by 11.74 per cent to $3.21 bn in August, according to official data released recently. Bangladesh raked in $3.64 bn in the corresponding month of the calendar year 2017. The August earnings also fell short of target slightly by 0.60 per cent set for the month. The overall earnings from goods exports, however, witnessed a sluggish 2.51 per cent growth, showed the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data. The earnings posted $6.79 bn in the first two months of the current fiscal year (FY), 2018-19, surpassing the August target by 3.24 per cent. The country fetched $6.62 bn in the corresponding period last fiscal. Earnings from garment exports during the July-August period grew by 3.82 per cent to $5.73 bn. It was $5.52 bn in the corresponding period last fiscal, according to the EPB data.