Oil prices rose towards $89 for the second day running today as data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed the country’s crude imports returning to a trend of growth.

US crude for January gained 41¢ to stand at $88.78 a barrel at 06.33 GMT, with prices slightly lower from a settlement above $89 last Friday, while ICE Brent increased by 36¢ to $91.35, reports Reuters.

Last month China’s imports increased by 22.1% over the previous year to 5.09 million barrels per day, according to the data.

OPEC is looking for an improvement in oil market fundamentals before increasing crude supplies, even if prices reach $100 a barrel.

OPEC secretary General Abdullah Al Badri said that if prices reach $100 due to speculation OPEC would not increase crude supplies.