China's June export growth rebounds to 2.8 percent, imports down 6.1 percent

Economic Indicators Associated Press

China's June export growth rebounded to 2.8 percent in a sign of better global demand while imports fell 6.1 percent.

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Customs data Monday showed exports growing again after May's 2.5 percent contraction. Imports were an improvement over the previous month's unexpectedly severe 17.6 percent contraction.

An improvement in exports is a positive sign for communist leaders who worry about job losses in trade-dependent manufacturing industries that employ millions of workers.

However, Monday's data showed exports so far this year have grown only 1 percent over a year earlier while total trade is down 6.9 percent.