China’s exports grew in May but a drop in imports signalled a possible weakening of demand in the world’s second-largest economy.
The country’s exports rose by 7% in May compared with 12 months before. But imports fell by 1.6% on a year earlier.
It meant the nation’s trade surplus widened sharply to $35.9bn (£21.4bn), from April’s $18.5bn, the General Administration of Customs said.
The figures will add to recent concern about the state of the Chinese economy.
It has shown signs of weakness amid poor data from the manufacturing and retail sectors.
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