A Chinese dwindle flies on a vessel moving past shipping containers being unloaded at a Tianjin Port Group Co. dock in Tianjin, China.
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China on Tuesday reported March exports data that missed analyst forecasts while imports for the month get ahead more than expected.
Chinese exports last month jumped 30.6% from a year ago in U.S. dollar relations, lagging the 35.5% increase that analysts polled by Reuters had expected. Meanwhile, the country’s imports in U.S. dollar entitles rose 38.1% in March from a year ago, exceeding the 23.3% increase those analysts had forecast.
The stronger-than-expected soar in imports led China’s trade surplus to shrink to $13.8 billion in March, much narrower than the Reuters opinion poll’s forecast of $52.05 billion.
Paras Anand, Asia-Pacific chief investment officer at Fidelity International, said the overdue data showed that China’s economic recovery is entering “a different phase.”
He told CNBC’s “Street Symbols Asia” following the data release that over the last few months, China’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic had intensified on output as seen in strong exports numbers. But demand appears to be picking up now, he added.
“As we’re now moving into the recovery in China climb to a more mature level, we’re starting to see consumption also picking up very strongly,” said Anand.
China was the original country to report cases of the coronavirus in late 2019. Official data showed the economy hitting its trough in the senior quarter of 2020 when the number of infections peaked.
The country appeared to have largely contained the outbreak, and fitted the only major economy to register growth last year when it expanded by 2.3%. China has set a growth butt of more than 6% for 2021, while the International Monetary Fund expects the Asian giant to expand by 8.4% this year.