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China August services trade deficit rises to $24.6 bln - FX regulator

HONG KONG, Sept 27 (Reuters) - China's trade deficit in services rose to $24.6 billion in August from $21.0 billion in July, the foreign exchange regulator said on Wednesday.

The deficit was largely due to a $21.4 billion gulf in spending between foreign tourists and the Chinese, who splurge more abroad than visitors to China, data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) showed.

For the January-August period, China's services trade deficit stood at $176.5 billion. (Reporting by Meg Shen; Editing by Nick Macfie)