China’s import growth slowed faster than expected in April, as inbound shipments of commodities such as iron ore and copper weakened, while export growth more than halved, in line with a general cooling in demand for electronic gadgets, Reuters reports. China’s April imports rose 11.9%, cooling from March’s 20.3% rise, official data showed on Monday, and missing analysts’ expectations for an 18% rise. Exports rose 8.0% from a year earlier, slowing from a 16.4% rise in the previous month and short of expectations of 10.4%. While the data shows trade remained robust at the beginning of the second quarter, analysts say the spurt in China’s economic growth seen in the first three months of the year may be as good as it gets as policymakers seek to tighten speculative investment, especially in the property sector. April’s numbers left the country with a trade surplus of $38.05 billion, above $23.93 billion in March.
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