Japan’s current-account surplus rose in March to the highest level in a year as a depreciating yen boosted repatriated earnings and brightened the outlook for the nation’s exports.
The excess in the widest measure of trade was 1.25 trillion yen ($12.4 billion), the Ministry of Finance said in Tokyo today. That exceeded the 1.22 trillion yen median estimate of 23 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
The yen breached 100 per dollar for the first time in four years in New York trading yesterday as central bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda rolls out unprecedented monetary easing to revive the world’s third-biggest economy. Sustaining a current-account surplus may help to maintain confidence in the nation’s finances as officials wrestle with a public debt burden more than twice the size of the economy.
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