CHINA's trade data surged last month, potentially pointing to a stronger-than-expected economy, but has left many analysts scratching their heads wondering why.
The value of China's total exports climbed 10.6 per cent in January from a year earlier, the Customs Administration said, more than five times market forecasts of a 2-per cent rise.
The value of imports jumped 10 per cent from a year ago, a pace not seen since July and beating market predictions of a 3-per cent gain.
Imports of commodities including crude oil, iron ore and copper all hit record highs.
The country's trade surplus rose to US$31.9 billion, well above forecasts of US$23.7 billion and the US$25.6 billion surplus in December.