( Reuters ) - China posted a trade surplus of $26.28 billion in November, compared with a record $27.1 billion in October, the customs administration said on Tuesday.
The surplus, up from $22.9 billion in November 2006, was the same as that disclosed on Monday by a source familiar with the data.
Exports grew 22.8 percent from a year earlier, with imports up 25.3 percent, the agency said on its Web site.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected a surplus of $26.8 billion. They had projected annual export growth of 21.5 percent, with imports up 22.5 percent.
The rolling 12-month surplus increased to $260.3 billion from $256.9 billion in October and $253.7 billion in September.
For the first 11 months of 2007 the surplus came to $238.13 billion, up 52 percent from $156.5 billion in the same period last year. The surplus for all of 2006 was $177.47 billion.