[General] Meaning of "match" in these sentences?

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datmatrix

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Dear Teachers,

I'm confused with these two sentences (from articles of The economist journal):

"...Meanwhile, credit seems incredibly loose: the broad flow of financing to China's economy set a monthly record in January, then matched it in March."

My question: if it already set the record in January, why it have to again match it in Match, I mean it "match" what record? I assume that I understand the meaning of the word "match" correctly.

And:

"... Even more notable, services have trumped industry's contribution to GDP in the past three quarters and have almost matched it over the past for - which has not happened since the 1960s"

Again: the contribution of services have already trumped industry, why it have to "match", and "match" what?

Please help me out, I appreciate your help!
 

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As an NES but not a teacher, it might help if you were to change "matched" to "equalled".

I believe they are interchangeable in this case.

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