China Jan-Sept trade surplus down 26 pct

BEIJING: China's trade surplus stood at 135.5 billion dollars for the first nine months of 2009, falling 26 percent compared with the same period a year ago, customs authorities said Wednesday.

Exports slumped 21.3 percent to 846.6 billion dollars for the January to September period, the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website.

In September alone, exports fell 15.2 percent from a year earlier to 115.9 billion dollars, the statement said.