China’s trade surplus widened to US$31.69 billion in September of 2018 from US$27.38 billion in the same month a year earlier. It was the largest trade surplus since June, as exports increased at a faster 14.5% year-on-year to US$226.5 billion, while imports grew by 14.3% to US$189.49 billion. The trade surplus with the US, China’s largest export market, widened to a fresh record high of US$34.13 billion in September from US$31.05 billion in August. Over the first nine months of the year, the trade surplus fell to US$225.7 billion from US$303.43 billion in the same period 2017. The nine-month period trade surplus with the US was reported at US$225.79 billion, up 15% from the same period of the previous year.