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November 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
China said Wednesday that its politically sensitive trade surplus hit a record high in October as exports soared and import growth fell amid government efforts to rein in an investment boom. The surplus in October jumped to $23.8 billion, up 27% from the previous high of $18.8 billion in August, according to the General Administration of Customs. That raised China's total surplus for the first 10 months of the year to $133.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
China's global trade surplus rose to a record monthly high of $14.5 billion in June, the Commerce Ministry reported Monday, raising the likelihood of more tension over Beijing's currency controls. Figures on new loans and money supply, meanwhile, show signs of a slight slowdown, and China's sizzling economic growth has boosted expectations of a further tightening in credit. Exports rose 23% from a year earlier to $81.3 billion while imports climbed 19% to $66.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
China's booming trade surplus in 2005 more than tripled to $101.9 billion, a record amount that is likely to stoke protectionist sentiment in the United States and Europe and renew pressure on Beijing to further revalue its currency. A breakdown of Chinese exports and imports by industry and country won't be available until later, but the U.S. is widely expected to show a record $200-billion trade deficit with China for 2005.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
The U.S. trade deficit fell sharply in March to $54.99 billion, the lowest level in six months, as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high. Imports declined, reflecting in part a slowdown in clothing shipments from China. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the gap between what the United States imports and what it sells to foreign countries narrowed by 9.2% from a record monthly deficit of $60.57 billion in February.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2005 | Bill Sing, Times Staff Writer
Surging oil prices and Chinese textile imports helped boost the U.S. trade deficit to a record $61 billion in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, suggesting that economic growth this year wasn't as robust as previously believed. The report calls for tougher curbs on Chinese clothing imports and for Beijing to stop undervaluing its currency, which critics say gives its exports an unfair advantage in global markets. Some analysts said the deficit primarily reflected a strong U.S.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Chinese exports of hosiery, cotton trousers and knit shirts to the U.S. surged last quarter, according to a rushed release Friday of Commerce Department data meant to help U.S. companies petition for caps on Chinese imports. Cotton dress imports rose 259% in the first quarter from the first three months of 2004, the Commerce Department said. Pajama imports increased 52%, and cotton trouser shipments were more than 15 times what they were last year.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Surging exports helped push China's trade surplus to a six-year high of $32 billion in 2004, the Chinese government reported Tuesday. December's trade surplus of $11.1 billion, the eighth straight month of surplus, was up 92.7% compared with the same month in 2003, the Ministry of Commerce said. China's exports rose 35.4% in 2004 from a year earlier to $593.4 billion, while imports climbed 36% to $561.4 billion, the ministry said, citing customs statistics. The $32-billion surplus was up 25.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2004 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
California is finally back on a strong export growth track, thanks to surging overseas demand for everything from high-tech computers to low-tech waste paper. The state's merchandise exports rose 13.9% in the final three months of 2003, the strongest year-over-year quarterly gain in three years, according to government trade statistics released Friday.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2003 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Exports from California dipped 2.5% in the second quarter as shipments of technology goods continued their long slide, according to trade statistics released Thursday. Computers and electronics -- the state's No. 1 export merchandise -- declined for the 10th straight quarter to $8.6 billion.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2002 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
California's exports slid more than 8% in the third quarter, led by continued steep declines in shipments of technology equipment, according to trade statistics released Tuesday. For the three months ended in September, California exports totaled $22.9 billion, down from $25 billion in the same period a year earlier. Government trade statistics compiled by the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research showed that the year-to-date decline is even worse.
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