China's trade shrinks by unexpected margin in March in latest sign of economic weakness

April 13, 2015 6:34 AM

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BEIJING – China's trade contracted in March by an expectedly wide margin, adding to signs of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

Customs data on Monday showed exports fell 15 percent compared with a year earlier to $144.6 billion following a 20.5 percent contraction the previous month. Imports declined 12.7 percent to $141.5 billion.

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