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China says August exports beat expectations, jumping 9.5% from a year ago

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China’s dollar-denominated exports beat expectations to rise 9.5% for the month of August from a year ago, data from the country’s General Administration of Customs showed on Monday.

Meanwhile, China’s dollar-denominated imports in August fell 2.1% from a year ago.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected exports to have climbed 7.1% in August from a year ago compared with a 7.2% rise in July, while imports were expected to climb 0.1% in August from a year ago, reversing a 1.4% decline in July.

China posted a trade surplus of $58.93 billion for the month of August, beating the $50.50 billion economists had expected. China’s trade surplus was $62.33 billion in July.

The growth in exports was the fastest pace in one-and-a-half years, according to Reuters records.

Even though the overall picture for China’s trade improved, the outlook is not without turbulence as imports data pointed to weak domestic consumption, said Gary Ng, Asia Pacific economist at Natixis.

The strong export numbers over three consecutive months would boost Chinese growth in the second half of the year, said Bo Zhuang, chief China economist at TS Lombard.

He added that even though import numbers for August were disappointing, demand for commodities was “very strong.” However, imports of machinery were weak.

“Chinese (were) buying more of the raw materials but (were) still quite pessimistic on the investment outlook based on the import numbers,” said Zhuang.

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