China’s imports pick up further, exports strong in March


China’s imports and exports boomed again in March, data showed Tuesday, reaffirming the recovery in the world’s number-two economy continues apace and demand picks up in key overseas markets as they emerge from last year’s virus crisis.

The readings highlight the impact of vaccines and the easing of containment measures are having, with expectations for further improvement over the next few months.

Imports soared a forecast-busting 38.1 percent on-year as the country’s army of consumers increasingly return to some form of normality after last year’s crisis forced businesses to shut and people to stay at home.

The figure was a huge increase from the 22.2 percent rise seen in January-February and the biggest hike since February 2017.

Exports rose 30.6 percent, well off the 38 percent increase tipped in a Bloomberg forecast but still among the highest readings since early 2018. —APP


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