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Fears that flagging demand in the U.S. and Europe would weigh heavily on China's trade data...

Fears that flagging demand in the U.S. and Europe would weigh heavily on China's trade data didn't play out, as exports grew 14.7% in April, helping the country swing to a surplus of $18.16B after posting a slight deficit in March. The data surprised analysts, even as some say the numbers may be inflated: "This probably reflects some overinvoicing [as] it was inconsistent with cargo volumes," one economist tells WSJ. Nevertheless, the data serves to buoy regional markets as the Nikkei (NKY) continues its ascent in Japan, rising 0.74% to yet another new five-year record high.
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