China's trade surplus rose and inflation eased in January, official data showed Friday, adding to recent evidence the world's number two economy is emerging from a drawn-out downtrend.
Containers at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, on April 16, 2012. China's trade surplus rose 7.7 percent year-on-year to $29.2 billion in January, according to official data, as the country maintained its economic recovery on improving demand.
The economy expanded last year at its lowest annual rate since 1999, in the face of weakness at home and in key overseas markets. But an uptick in the final three months of 2012 snapped seven straight quarters of slowing growth.