China’s import and export growth accelerated in August despite disruptions due to the spread of the coronavirus’ delta variant.

Exports rose 25.6 per cent over a year earlier to US$294.3 billion, up from July’s 18.9 per cent growth, customs data showed Tuesday. Imports rose 33.1 per cent to US$236 billion, up from the previous month’s 28.7 per cent.

That came despite lingering disruptions in industrial production chains due to last year’s global economic shutdown and a renewed rise in infections in the United States and some other markets that has dampened consumer sentiment.