BEIJING, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Foreign investment flows into China shrank 11.7% in January from a year earlier to 112.71 billion yuan ($15.66 billion), China's commerce ministry said on Friday.

The number was up 20.4% from the prior month, according to the ministry.

($1 = 7.1983 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Himani Sarkar)