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Japan logs $10.4 billion trade deficit for May
Inquirer ^ | 06/19/2013 | AFP

Posted on 06/18/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT by TexGrill

TOKYO – Japan’s trade deficit for May expanded 9.5 percent from a year earlier to $10.4 billion, official data showed Wednesday as import costs rose on a weak yen.

Data from the finance ministry showed Japan incurred a trade deficit of 993.9 billion yen, the 11th straight monthly shortfall.

That was the longest run of monthly deficits since a 14-month string from July 1979 to August 1980.

But May’s deficit was smaller than expected as the market had forecast a shortfall of around 1.2 trillion yen.

Exports rose 10.1 percent to 5.76 trillion yen, growing for the third straight month on higher shipments to the United States and China.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 06/18/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

‘79 and ‘80 was Toyota great expansion years.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 9:36:26 PM PDT by Orange1998
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