China's global trade surplus hit a high of US$29.3bn in September according to the latest figures from the General Administration of Customs, but garment exports for the year to date are slowing on lower demand from the EU and US.

Garment exports in the first nine months rose 1.8% to $87bn, but this was down from 23% growth in the same period last year.

Textile yarn and fabric exports rose 21% to $49.9bn, soaring above last year's 7% increase.

And while footwear exports were up 15% to $22.1bn in the nine months from January to September, this was down from 1.7% growth in the same period of 2007.

The Chinese government recently increased tax rebates from 11% to 13% on several categories of textiles and garments to help Chinese manufacturers boost falling profits.

And industry officials have said the government may look at further measures to stimulate the sector.