China’s trade surplus widened to US$42.81 billion in October of 2019 from US$32.97 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the largest trade surplus since July, as exports declined 0.9% year-on-year to US$212.93 billion, while imports dropped at a faster 6.4% to US$170.12 billion. Considering the January-October period, the trade surplus increased to US$341.41 billion from US$249.46 billion the corresponding period the prior year.