China's exports in yuan-denominated terms rose 4.1% year on year in April, while imports dipped 5.7%, customs data showed Sunday.
That led to a monthly trade surplus of 298 billion yuan (45.9 billion US dollars), up from March's 194.6 billion yuan, according to figures from the General Administration of Customs (GAC).
The export growth in April was milder than the 18.7% increase in March, while imports fell at a faster pace compared with the 1.7% fall in the previous month, Chinese news agency (Xinhua) reported.
Foreign trade edged down 0.3% year on year to 1.95 trillion yuan last month and that for the first four months combined slipped 4.4% to 7.17 trillion yuan.
In the January-April period, exports dropped 2.1% year on year while imports went down 7.5%, leading to a trade surplus of 1.11 trillion yuan, widening 16.5% from a year earlier.