China's exports rose unexpectedly
Yu Fangping / picture alliance / dpa / SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire
China's exports surged unexpectedly in July, boosting the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to customs, exports increased by 18 percent compared to the same period last year.
This is the steepest climb so far this year.
In June, the increase was 17.9 percent.
Experts had expected an increase in exports of 15 percent.
However, many analysts expect exports to slow as global demand slows.
Chinese trade with Russia developed particularly strongly, increasing by 37.1 percent.
China's imports from the neighboring country - which is subject to international economic sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine - rose by 49.3 percent.
Chinese exports grew by 22.2 percent.
Exports are one of the few bright spots this year for the world's second largest economy.
Lockdowns in the midst of the corona pandemic are hitting the population and companies hard.
The once extremely strong and state-supported real estate market is reeling from one crisis to the next.
Weak domestic demand
The July data on imports point to a continued weakening of domestic demand.
Imports rose by 2.3 percent compared to the same period last year and fell well short of the forecast of 3.7 percent.
In June, the import plus was one percent.
German exporters are also suffering from this.
China's imports from Germany fell 6.7 percent.
In contrast, Chinese exports to Germany increased by 17.6 percent.
The trend in trade with Europe is similar.
China's exports to the European Union even increased by 23.2 percent, while imports from the Community fell by 7.4 percent.