China’s exports jump 15.3% in September

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BEIJING– China’s exports saw the fastest growth in 19 months, expanding by 15.3 percent from a year ago to $213.7 billion in September, customs data showed on Monday.

The September growth rate was the highest monthly export reading since March 2013.

Imports increased 7 percent year on year to $182.7 billion in the month, and total foreign trade volume rose 11.3 percent to $396.4 billion, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said.

September’s growth rate in imports also marked the best monthly reading since December 2013, according to GAC.

Trade surplus in September more than doubled from last year to $31 billion, compared with $49.8 billion seen in August.