China's exports slid 7.3 percent year-on-year to $178.2 billion in October, data showed Tuesday, as weak global demand weighed on the world's second-largest economy.
The country's imports fell 1.4 percent to $129.1 billion during the same period, Customs data showed, while the trade surplus dropped to $49.1 billion in the month.
It was the seventh straight monthly exports decline, and both imports and exports came in below expectations, with a survey of economists by Bloomberg News forecasting drops of 6.0 percent and 1.0 percent respectively.
China is the world's biggest trader in goods and its performance affects partners from Australia to Zambia, which have been battered as its expansion has slowed to levels not seen in a quarter of a century.
Customs earlier gave the figure in yuan terms, showing a 3.2 percent drop in exports and a 3.2 percent increase in imports on-year.
Analyst Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics called the results "disappointing" and said the outlook appeared challenging with "global and domestic growth unlikely to accelerate much further".
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