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China Sept exports up 9.9 pct y/y, imports up 2.4 pct

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) - China's exports in September grew 9.9 percent from a year earlier, the Customs Administration said on Saturday, roughly twice the 5.0 percent rate expected by investors and up sharply from the 2.7 percent annual rise recorded in August.

Imports in September rose 2.4 percent from a year earlier, in line expectations for a 2.4 percent increase in a Reuters poll that forecast a recovery from a 2.6 annual drop in August.

That left the country with a trade surplus of $27.7 billion in September, compared with a forecast of $20.7 billion and August's $26.7 billion.

Export and import growth (y/y pct change): Sept Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan Dec Nov Oct Exp 9.9 2.7 1.0 11.3 15.3 4.9 8.9 18.4 -0.5 13.4 13.8 15.9 Imp 2.4 -2.6 4.7 6.3 12.7 0.3 5.3 39.6 -15.3 11.8 22.1 28.7

(Reporting By Xiaoyi Shao and Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Nick Edwards)

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Keywords: CHINA ECONOMY/TRADE