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China Sept services trade deficit narrows to $22.2 bln - FX regulator

BEIJING, Oct 31 (Reuters) - China's trade deficit in services narrowed to $22.2 billion in September from $24.6 billion in August, the foreign exchange regulator said on Tuesday.

The deficit was largely due to a $17.4 billion gulf in spending between foreign tourists and the Chinese, who splurge more abroad than do visitors to China, data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) showed.

For the January-September period, China's services trade deficit stood at $198.7 billion. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Richard Borsuk)