Chinese trade surplus widens

@CNNMoney June 9, 2011: 11:35 PM ET
Chinese exports slow in May

A cargo ship navigates its way into Shenzhen Port in China.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- China's monthly trade balance showed a wider surplus in May, although the rate of export growth slowed.

The world's second largest economy reported a $13.05 billion surplus in May, up from its $11.4 billion surplus recorded in April, China's General Administration of Customs said Friday..

Exports grew at a 19.4% rate year-over-year, to $157.16 billion in May. While that's still a fast rate, it marks a slip from the staggering 29.9% growth in April.

Import growth sped up, expanding at a 28.4% rate to $144.11 billion.

The data came a week after China reported itsmanufacturing activity slowed to a 10-month low in May.

Manufacturing stumble threatens global recovery

Economists have been expecting China's rapidly growing economy to decelerate gently in the spring.

Rapid inflation had already started quelching both business and consumer spending, they say. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has tightened monetary policy controls in hopes of taming inflation and preventing the economy from overheating.

Even in light of a slight slowdown, China's economic growth far exceeds that of the United States, with gross domestic product growth at rates consistently near 10% a year.

--CNN's Helena Hong in Beijing contributed to this report To top of page

Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed3.97%3.98%
15 yr fixed3.11%3.05%
5/1 ARM3.40%3.32%
30 yr refi4.05%4.05%
15 yr refi3.19%3.12%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
CNNMoney Sponsors

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.