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Staff writer, with Agencies

National debt, including long-term and short-term debt, amounted to NT$6.23 trillion as of the end of last month, up NT$99.55 billion from a month earlier, the ministry’s data showed.

Government bonds — the central government’s outstanding debt with a maturity of more than a year — totaled NT$5.945 trillion, while Treasury bills — outstanding debt with a maturity of less than a year — stood at NT$285 billion, the data showed.

China’s SUV sales surge

China’s passenger-vehicle sales surged 49 percent to a monthly record, beating analysts’ estimates, as demand for SUVs almost doubled and Ford Motor Co extended gains in market share.

Wholesale deliveries climbed to 1.73 million units last month, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said in an e-mail yesterday. That compares with the 1.5 million unit average of six analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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