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China trade surplus rebounds in January: Official figures

Published on Feb 12, 2014 10:28 AM

BEIJING (AFP) -  China’s trade surplus surged in January, according to data on Wednesday that showed exports strengthening in a potentially brighter note for the world’s second-biggest economy after a disappointing performance of late.

The surplus rose 14.0 per cent year-on-year in January to US$31.86 billion (S$40 billion), the General Administration of Customs said, rebounding from a decline the previous month.

Exports jumped more than expected, increasing 10.6 per cent to US$207.13 billion, while imports were up 10.0 per cent at US$175.27 billion.

The median forecast in a survey of 11 economists by The Wall Street Journal predicted only a 0.1 per cent increase in exports, which had risen 4.3 per cent in December. But the overall trade surplus had fallen 17.4 per cent in January year-on-year to US$25.64 billion.

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