China Trade Surplus Climbs to Record but Imports Drop

China’s trade surplus climbed to a record in November after an unexpected decline in imports (CNFRIMPY) underscored weakness in the world’s second-largest economy.

Overseas shipments rose 4.7 percent from a year earlier, missing the 8 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. Imports fell 6.7 percent, compared with projections of a 3.8 percent increase, leaving a trade surplus of $54.47 billion, the customs administration said today.

China’s ruling Politburo last week said it will maintain a prudent monetary stance and keep growth within a reasonable range in 2015. The People’s Bank of China last month lowered lending and saving rates for the first time in two years and increased the ceiling for deposit rates.


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