China’s exports fell, imports fell even more in January10 February, 2012, 12:07. Posted by Zarathustra
Tags: Economy, Trade
The General Administration of Custom of China published the latest set of trade figures. Exports contracted by 0.5% from a year earlier, better than the market expectation of a 1.4% fall. However, Imports contracted by 15.3% from a year earlier, which was much below the expected 3.6% contraction. On a month-on-month basis, exports fell by 14.2% and imports fell by 22.5% before seasonal adjustment.
As a result of the weakness across the board, particularly on the imports side, trade surplus unexpectedly widened to US$27.28 billion from US$16.52 billion in December, while the market was expecting a contraction to US$10.4 billion.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics, Source: General Administration of Customs
While the Chinese New Year factor is in play for January, the surprising thing in this data appears on imports, which contacted at a much faster rate than exports. I would hesitate to read into it too much, but it could suggest weakness in domestic demand, or, in other words, the slowing of the economy.
Source: General Administration of Customs