Exports fell 1.3% in February from a year ago, following growth of 7.9% in January, the General Administration of Customs said.
Imports in February surged 38.1% from a year earlier, compared with 16.7% growth in January. The latest gain was larger than the poll's median forecast for a 21% increase.
China posted a trade deficit of $9.15 billion in February, compared with a surplus of $51.35 billion in the previous month. Economists had been expecting a $26.55 billion surplus. ■