China’s December exports fell 1.4 percent from a year earlier, while imports slid 7.6 percent, both much less than economists had expected but still likely consigning the economy to its weakest annual growth in 25 years.
That left the country with a trade surplus of $60.09 billion for the month, the General Administration of Customs said on Wednesday.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had anticipated exports and imports to fall 8 and 11.5 percent respectively.
It was the sixth straight on-year fall in exports, according to Dow Jones, and puts exports down 2.8 percent for the full year, compared to a rise of 6.1 percent in 2014.
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