China’s exports rise 10% to $186.35 b in Sept

PTI Beijing | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 13, 2012

China’s exports rose 9.9 per cent year-on-year to $186.35 billion last month, raising hopes that the slowdown registered during the past few months due to global economic crisis is stabilising.

The export volume hit a record monthly high and the growth was higher than the 2.7 per cent year-on-year increase posted in August, China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) said today.

Imports also ended three months of consecutive drops in September, up 2.4 per cent from a year earlier to $158.68 billion.

Trade surplus rose slightly to $27.67 billion from $26.66 billion in August, the GAC said.

The upward trend of the trade figures brought some comfort to the Government as the ruling Communist Party is set to hold its key Congress on November 8 to select new leaders to replace President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who are set to retire by the end of this year.

China, regarded as the world’s factory, relies on exports and its dependence on domestic consumption is around 36 per cent and the rest on business with the outside world.

The country’s total foreign trade went up 6.3 per cent year-on-year to $345.03 billion in September and expanded 6.2 per cent year-on-year to $2.84 trillion in the first nine months, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

In the January-September period, exports grew 7.4 per cent from a year earlier to $1.5 trillion, while imports gained 4.8 per cent to $1.35 trillion, bringing the trade surplus to $148.31 billion.

During that period, trade with the European Union — China’s largest trade partner — fell 2.7 per cent year-on-year to $410.99 billion, according to the new official data.

Trade with the US, the country’s second-largest trade partner, increased 9.1 per cent to $355.42 billion.

Meanwhile, China’s trade with Japan dipped 1.8 per cent to $248.76 billion faster than the 1.4 per cent decline recorded in the first eight months as Beijing and Tokyo are locked in a controversy over the disputed islands.

The two countries had an annual trade turnover of $345 billion last year.

Published on October 13, 2012
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