China's exports grew far more strongly than expected in November while import growth weakened, official figures showed Sunday, fuelling the country's biggest trade surplus in nearly five years. Exports increased 12.7 percent year-on-year to $202.2 billion, the General Administration of Customs said -- compared with a forecast of seven percent in a poll of 11 economists by the Wall Street Journal. "China's November exports came in much higher than expected", ANZ bank economists Liu Li-Gang and Zhou Hao said in a report, citing "better demand from developed economies" like the United States and the European Union. Exports to the United States rose 17.7 percent in November year-on-year, while shipments to the 28-member European Union gained 18.4 percent.
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Beleaguered England survived their first full day of resistance Sunday but the prospect of another heavy defeat loomed large heading into the final day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. At the close, England were fighting hard at 247 for six with Matt Prior on 31 and Stuart Broad not out 22. They trailed Australia by 284 runs. "We know it's not going to be easy, the boys at the lower end have troubled us in the past so we've got to come prepared, be switched on and give it to them early in the morning," Australia paceman Peter Siddle said.