Japan Feb current account surplus up 3.0 pct y/y

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 TOKYO, April 8 (Reuters) - Japan's current account surplus rose 3.0 percent in February from
a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Friday, below a median market forecast for a
7.1 percent increase.  	
 The surplus stood at 1.6410 trillion yen ($19.31 billion) , against a
median forecast for 1.7066 trillion yen.	
 Economists are projecting that the nation's account surplus will shrink in coming months as
exports slow after a devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami partially disrupted supply
chains and production, while imports of fuel and raw materials would increase to meet demands
for reconstruction.	
  Following are details of the current account balance; economists' median forecast
is in parentheses:   	
 
 (Unadjusted, billion yen) 
               FEB                     JAN          YR BEFORE  
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Current account 	
 balance     +1,641.0(+1,706.6)        +461.9        +1,593.3   
 Trade balance    +723.3                  -394.5          +785.3  
 Income balance +1,137.9                +1,013.7          +961.9   
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 For the full tables, see the MOF's website of at:     http://www.mof.go.jp/international_policy/reference/balance_of_payments/preliminary/bp1102.pdf	
($1 = 84.960 Japanese Yen)	
	
 (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko)	
 	
 

Japan Feb current account surplus up 3.0 pct y/y