Japan Dec exports rise 12.1 pct year/year – MOF

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TOKYO, Jan 27 (BestGrowthStock) – Japan’s exports rose 12.1 percent
in December from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed
on Wednesday, more than economists’ median forecast for a 7.6
percent rise. [JPEXPY=ECI]

Exports to Asia, which account for more than half of Japan’s
total exports, rose 31.2 percent from a year earlier.

The trade balance came to a surplus of 545.3 billion yen
($6.09 billion), below the median estimate for a 590.0 billion
yen surplus. [JPTBL2=ECI]

Following is a table of the main figures. Economists’ median
forecasts are in parentheses:
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(Unadjusted, mln yen, y/y)

DECEMBER YEAR AGO PCT CHANGE
Overall balance +545,318 (+590,000) -322,227 n/a
Exports 5,412,830 4,830,483 +12.1 (+7.6)
Imports 4,867,512 5,152,710 -5.5(-10.4)
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To view full tables, go to the Ministry of Finance website at:
http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/info/index_e.htm
($1=89.61 Yen)

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(Reporting by Hideyuki Sano)

Japan Dec exports rise 12.1 pct year/year – MOF