China's foreign trade up 3.9 percent in first half of 2019

EFE Ingles |

Beijing, (EFE).- China's foreign trade rose 3.9 percent inter-annually in the first half of 2019 - a slowdown of four percentage points from the same period of the last year, according to official data released Friday.

The General Customs Administration reported that China's foreign trade in these six months stood at 14.67 trillion yuan ($2.13 trillion). Exports grew 6.1 percent while imports rose 1.4 percent.

The sales abroad were at 7.95 trillion yuan ($1.16 trillion) and the purchases at 6.72 trillion yuan.

Thus trade surplus stood at 1.23 trillion yuan, marking an increase of 41.6 percent over last year's data.

However, amid a long running trade dispute with Washington since , China's trade with the United States reduced some nine percent during the first quarter of 2019, a trend marked mostly by a 25.7 percent decline in the flow of goods from the North American country.

In June, China's foreign trade declined 1.2 percent as compared to the figures recorded in May, although year-on-year comparison showed an increase of 3.2 percent.

In comparison with the data, it was noted that exports rose some 6.1 percent while the imports declined some 0.4 percent.

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