Japan’s exports have fallen for a fifth straight month after demand in China and the European Union (EU) weakened.
Shipment’s fell 6.5% in October, from a year earlier. Exports to China declined 11.6% and were down 20% to the EU.
A territorial dispute with China has dented sales to Japan’s biggest trading partner, while the EU is being hurt by a continuing debt crisis.
Japan’s economy is heavily reliant on exports and a slowdown would hurt growth.
Analysts said that given the uncertain global economic conditions, Japan’s exports may continue to be weak in coming month.
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