Japan’s April exports climbed 8.0 percent from a year earlier, data showed on Monday, topping expectations for a 6.4 percent rise and underscoring a gradual recovery in external demand.
But imports fell more than expected, down 4.2 percent on-year, compared with expectations for a 1.5 percent decline.
The trade balance came to a deficit of 53.4 billion yen ($439.3 million), versus the median estimate for a 318.9 billion yen deficit. In March the trade balance had marked the first surplus since June 2012.
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