China saw a boost in exports last month, but a fall in imports indicates a drop in demand in the world’s second-largest economy.
Exports were up 7 percent on last year, as imports dropped 1.6 percent over the same period.
The figures will only exacerbate a growing feeling that all is not well with the Chinese economy.
Authorities predicted the economy would pick up in May.
However Beijing has set a target of 7.5 percent growth for this year.
Chinese exports to the EU rose by some 13.4 percent in the month just gone.