Japanese exports rose 9.5 percent in January from a year earlier, below analyst expectations in a Reuters poll for a 12.6 percent rise, data on Thursday showed.
Imports rose 25 percent on-year in January, against forecasts for a rise of 21.8 percent, as a weak yen boosted import costs.
As Japan’s imports outpaced exports, the country posted a record monthly trade gap of 2.79 trillion yen ($27.30 billion) in January, versus a 2.5 trillion yen shortfall anticipated by analysts.
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