Labourers work at a new property development under construction on the busy Nanjing Road shopping street in Shanghai
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China imports show signs of cooling in certain sectors

8 May 2013 Last updated at 02:53 BST

The latest trade figures from China are exported to show a rise in commodity imports.

But the increase won't be across the board - government measures to cool the property market have meant a slowing of the flow of raw materials into the building sector.

Recent figures also show that copper imports fell by 37% in March, compared to the same month in 2012.

David Lennox from Fat Prophets in Sydney feels that iron ore imports will have been slightly higher in April.