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Chinese banks forex surplus jumps 32.8% in January: SAFE

03-04-2011 16:22 BJT

BEIJING - China's foreign exchange regulator said Friday that more foreign currencies were sold than bought through Chinese banks in January, resulting in $68.4 billion of forex surplus in the banks for the month.

The January surplus from bank-to-client transactions represented a 32.8 percent surge from December last year, according to a statement by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), China's forex regulator, on its website.

China's institutional and individual clients exchanged $150.3 billion of foreign currencies for renminbi in January while bought $81.9 billion of foreign exchanges from banks, according to the SAFE.

The SAFE statement noted that banks' foreign exchange surplus figures did not include banks' own forex transactions and interbank transactions.

In January, the overseas business-related proceeds of China's domestic institutional and individual clients via banks totaled $186.7 billion and paid $150.7 billion to overseas business, it added.

Last year, the surplus of Chinese banks' foreign exchange through their transactions with domestic clients increased 51 percent year on year to $397.7 billion.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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