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[TOKYO] Japan's exports fell 6.9 per cent in September from a year earlier, down for a 12th straight month, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, in a sign of sluggish external demand.
The result compares with the median forecast for a 10.4 per cent fall in a Reuters poll of economists, and follows a 9.6 per cent decline in August.
Imports fell 16.3 per cent, versus the median estimate of a 16.6 per cent fall.
The trade balance swung to a surplus of 498.3 billion yen (S$6.69 billion), versus the median estimate of a 341.8 billion yen surplus.