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China’s trade data in January much stronger than expected

China’s trade data in January came in much stronger than expected, offering some comfort to policymakers in Beijing as the US-China trade war continues to fester.

In dollar terms, China's exports rose 9.1 per cent from a year earlier, according to data released by China’s General Administration of Customs on Thursday. That's compared with a drop of 4.4 per cent in the previous month and a drop of 3.3 per cent expected by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, imports dropped 1.5 per cent from the same period last year, also beating . . .

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