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China exports slump 7.5% in May after two months of growth

Drop in orders for mobile phones, garments point to subdued demand for Chinese goods

Trucks at a container terminal at Ningbo Zhoushan port in Zhejiang province, China in 2021.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China's exports contracted in May for the first time in three months as weaker global demand weighed on the country's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A drop in orders for mobile phones and garments contributed to a 7.5% decline in outbound shipments to $283.5 billion, the country's customs office reported on Wednesday. This compares with a median forecast for a 0.4% fall in a Reuters poll of economists.

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