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China April exports unexpectedly fall but imports rise for first time in five months

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China’s exports unexpectedly fell in April but imports posted their first rise in five months,  as Washington ratchets up pressure on Beijing with threats of more punishing tariffs.

China’s exports fell 2.7 per cent from a year earlier, customs data showed on Wednesday. That’s sharply lower tha a growth of 2.3 per cent expected and a   surprising jump of 14.2 per cent in March.

More than 80 per cent of the decline was due . . .

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