Chinese state media reports suggest, yet again, that the “Made in China” toy scandals may have involved more bark than bite. Still, the statistics leave some room for doubt. AP via USA Today:
The exports worth $7.07 billion between January and October were a 20.1% increase from the same period in 2006, the official Xinhua News Agency said. “The 10-month period saw China’s toy exports to European and North American markets recover and that to emerging markets grow rapidly,” Xinhua said.
The Xinhua report did not give the number of toys exported during the 10 months. The government has said that China, the world’s largest toy manufacturer, exported 22 billion toys in 2006, about 60% of the world’s total. [Full Text]
In a related report filed today, AP takes a more detailed look at China’s claims to have brought quality control problems under control. See “China making progress in battle against shoddy and unsafe products, but will it last?” (via the International Herald Tribune)