The following is an excerpt from AARON BACK | March 11, 2012 | WSJ.com |
BEIJING—China swung to a massive trade deficit in February, due partly to seasonal distortions but also to faltering demand for the country’s exports.
The weak export performance comes on top of a raft of disappointing economic data on Friday that economists said will add to the likelihood of additional easing by the central bank and other policy makers.
“Overall, economic conditions are getting weaker at a fast pace,” said Nomura economist Zhiwei Zhang. “The slowdown is happening faster than the government expected.”
China posted a trade deficit of $31.48 billion in February after reporting a $27.28 billion surplus in January, …
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