China's imports shrank in August in a new sign its economic downturn might be worsening while export growth was weak due to poor global demand.
Fresh data show imports shrinking 2.6 percent from a year earlier.
That came on top of earlier data that showed August factory output had fallen to a three-year low.
Chinese exports, meanwhile, rose 2.7 percent over a year ago, down sharply from double-digit growth of recent years as Europe's debt woes and a sluggish U.S. recovery hurt demand for Chinese goods.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters