WASHINGTON， Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. consumer sentiment surged in early December boosted by a "surprise victory" of Trump in general election， according to a survey released on Friday.
The preliminary reading of the consumer sentiment for December rose from 93.8 in November to 98， the highest level in almost two years， said the Thomson ReutersUniversity of Michigan index of consumer sentiment on Friday.
"The surge was largely due to consumers' initial reactions to Trump's surprise victory，" said survey director Richard Curtin.
"There were a few exceptions to the early December surge in optimism， mainly among those with a college degree and among residents of the Northeast， although no group has adopted a pessimistic outlook for the economy，" said Curtin.
"President-elect Trump must provide early evidence of positive economic growth as well as act to keep positive consumer expectations，" added Curtin.
The sub-index of current conditions， reflecting Americans' perceptions of their financial situation and whether they consider it a good time to buy big-ticket items like cars， rose to 112.1 from 107.3 last month.
The sub-index gauging consumer expectations for six months from now， which more closely projects the direction of consumer spending， increased to 88.9 from 85.2 in November.
NAIROBI， Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Hosting the 2017 World Youth Championships in Nairobi makes it the most important event in the calendar of Kenyans， though the athletes would still treasure winning gold at the London World Championships.
However， the season will have no room for rest as athletes jump to the busy end starting with a series of cross country meetings in Europe and Africa that will culminate to the World Cross Country in Kampala on March 26.
"We must plan well，" said head coach Julius Kirwa from Eldoret. "The season has some of the most important events in an athlete' s calendar. The London World championships is the biggest， but to host an event at home bringing in over 1，000 international athletes is as equally important."
Kenya is planning to spend over 200 million U.S. dollars to host the crucial IAAF World Under-18 Championships (known as World Youth Chamnpionships) in July in Nairobi. It will be the last event as it will be scrapped off starting 2018.
The championships will be very important to the country which will be the second major event to be staged in Kenya after the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country held in Mombasa.
Already Britain has withdrawn its athletes from taking part in Kenya opting instead to focus on the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau， Bahamas almost the same time the Nairobi event will be happening.
However， Kenya has pledged to select two teams for the two events. Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei said Kenya will compete in both competitions.
"We have a big pool of athletes to draw from and they will get their chance. We will have two teams and I regret the decision by Britain to skip the World Youth Championships in Nairobi，" he said.
The real athletics action will start in March for the IAAF World cross country championships set for Kampala in Uganda.
Kenya claimed individual titles in the senior categories through world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Agnes Tirop when the event was last held in Guiyang， China in 2015 while Ethiopia won the junior cadre.
BEIJING cheap nike air max 90 retro , May 15 (Xinhua) -- China's foreign service trade reached 149.54 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter, up 10.6 percent from the same period last year, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Friday.
In contrast, merchandise trade dropped 6.3 percent year on year in the first quarter, said MOC spokesperson Shen Danyang at a press conference.
For the first three months, the aggregate foreign service trade deficit totaled 39.66 billion U.S. dollars, with 54.94 billion U.S. dollars in revenues, up 10.5 percent year on year, and 94.6 billion U.S. dollars in spending, an increase of 10.6 percent year on year.
China's aggregate service trade deficit in 2014 totaled 1.216 trillion yuan (199.07 billion U.S. dollars). China started issuing monthly data on services trade in January 2014 to improve the transparency of balance of payments statistics.
Distinct from merchandise trade, trade in services refers to the sale and delivery of intangible products such as transportation, tourism, telecommunications, construction, advertising, computing and accountancy.
In the first quarter, foreign trade service in tourism reached 49.31 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 33 percent and the largest share of total trade volume in services.
Meanwhile, the Yangtze River economic belt region, which is comprised of Shanghai and Chongqing municipalities as well as nine provinces including Zhejiang and Jiangsu, witnessed better-than-average growth of 13.6 percent in foreign service trade.
Foreign service trade in the region totaled 61.4 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter, accounting for 41.1 percent of the national total, with Shanghai taking the lead.
In 2014, China's e-commerce transactions grew 28.64 percent year on year, far outpacing the year's economic growth rate of 7.4 percent. A total of 895.69 billion yuan in transactions was made via mobile terminals.
Chinese users of WeChat, a popular social messaging app, have increased 41 percent year on year in 2014 to 500 million in total.
Shen said China's exports to African countries reached 25.24 billion U.S. dollars in the first three months, jumping 21.8 percent year on year, driven mainly by exports of mechanical and technological products.
China has offered a total of 140 million yuan in emergency humanitarian aid to Nepal following recent earthquakes, said Shen.
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