Chinese exports increased 9.9% in September from a year earlier, government officials said on Oct. 13. The figure is almost twice the 5.0% gain expected by analysts, and suggests a possible moderation of China's economic slowdown. The rise in exports could indicate growing confidence by the US, a major China trade partner, though weakness in Europe continues to depress global trade. The positive trade numbers could complicate things for some investors who had recently been hoping that signs of weakness could lead the Chinese government to try to stimulate the economy. China is expected to report quarterly GDP numbers on Oct. 18.