BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) -- China's service trade reported robust growth in 2018 and maintained upbeat momentum in the first quarter this year amid external uncertainties.
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The following are the main facts and figures released by the Ministry of Commerce on the solid performance of China's service trade.
-- China's service trade rose 2.6 percent to 1.29 trillion yuan (about 191 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2019.
-- In Q1, the export of services totaled 463.49 billion yuan, up 10.3 percent, while import edged down 1.3 percent to 828.49 billion yuan, causing a deficit of 365 billion yuan, down 14.3 percent year on year.
-- In 2018, China's service trade saw robust growth of 11.5 percent to 5.24 trillion yuan, a historic high and ranking the second in the world for five consecutive years.
-- Last year, service export went up 14.6 percent, the fastest growth since 2011, while import grew 10 percent.
-- In Q1 of 2019, the share of service trade in the country's total foreign trade stood at 15.6 percent, 1 percentage point higher than the share for the whole of 2018, indicating a trend of steady expansion.
-- Of the total service trade, trade in emerging services saw an increase of 12.6 percent on a year-on-year basis, 10 percentage points higher than the overall service trade growth.
-- Export of knowledge-intensive service sectors has become a major force driving the growth of overall service trade. In Q1, the export of China's intellectual property royalties surged 52.4 percent than a year ago.
-- In 2018, China's service export in transport, insurance, intellectual property royalties and other business service sectors have all posted double-digit growth, with the export of computer and information soaring 69.5 percent year on year.
-- While recording robust expansion, the year of 2018 saw a service trade deficit of 1.7 trillion yuan, or 32.6 percent of total service trade, narrowing 2 percentage points from a year ago.
-- As China shifts away from old-growth drivers, the service industry is now a key growth engine that firmly steers the economy forward.
-- The tertiary sector reported the strongest growth in added value by expanding 7 percent to reach 12.232 trillion yuan, which accounted for 57.3 percent of the gross domestic product for Q1, picking up by 0.6 percentage points compared with Q1 2018.
-- In Q1, China's average per capita disposable income stood at 8,493 yuan, up 6.8 percent year on year in real terms, indicating a higher purchasing power.
-- As China has taken a slew of measures to boost domestic demand, open up the service sector and push forward upgrading of consumption, its service trade with trading partners is projected to grow steadily.