By Jonathan Davies

China's exports fell unexpectedly by 14.6% in March, compared with a forecast rise up 8%, official figures show.

Imports dropped by 12.3% on expectations on 11%. March's trade figures mean that China's trade surplu of 18.16bn Chinese yuan ($2.92bn; £1.99bn). is the smallest it has been for 13 months.

In February, China's trade surplus hit a record $60.6bn.

It adds to already weakening data on various aspects of its economy. China's economy grew by 7.4% in 2014, and although it is still very strong growth it was the lowest growth rate for 25 years.