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China January trade data beats forecasts, but sustainability in doubt

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

By Stella Qiu and Kevin YaoBEIJING (Reuters) - China's exports unexpectedly returned to growth in January after a shock decline the previous month, while imports fell much less than expected, but analysts said the strength was likely due to seasonal factors and predicted renewed trade weakness ahead. Investors and policymakers are closely watching to see how quickly activity in China is cooling, or if support measures announced last year are starting to take hold, which could lift some of the gloom hanging over the global economy.But data on Thursday left many China watchers none the wiser ...

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 11:56 IST