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BEIJING, Oct 7 (Reuters) - China's foreign exchange reserves fell to $3.166 trillion at the end of September, the central bank said on Friday, below forecasts.
Economists had expected reserves to ease to $3.18 trillion from $3.19 trillion in August.
China's gold reserves rose to $78.169 billion at the end of September, from $77.18 billion the previous month, the People's Bank of China said on its website. (Reporting by Adam Jourdan and Sue-Lin Wong; Editing by Kim Coghill)