China reported a sharp jump in exports in January, surprising many analysts who were looking for a near flat growth in January.
Customs Administration in China reported exports in January increased 10.6% from a year ago, surpassing the highest estimate of 2% increase.
Imports also gained 10% from a year ago, as the second largest economy in the world imported record amount of iron ore, crude oil and copper.
Trade surplus in the month increased to $31.9 billion from $25.6 billion in December.
Analysts were surprised with the surge in exports and many were expecting a slowdown ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year.
Chinese data are seen with a skepticism as many exporters use weak months to recycle money from overseas to skirt capital control rules.