Abenomics working? Japan Exports miss estimates again

Japan’s exports missed estimates in April and the trade deficit swelled, highlighting weakness in global demand that may weigh on efforts to revive the world’s third-biggest economy.

Overseas shipments rose 3.8 percent from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said in Tokyo today. That was less than the median 5.4 percent estimate of 26 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The trade shortfall widened to the largest in three months at 879.9 billion yen ($8.6 billion).

While the yen’s slide to the lowest in four years last week will aid Japanese companies by making their products more competitive in overseas markets, today’s data showed that limited demand in the European Union is constraining exports. The latest numbers also showed the cost of a weak currency, as higher import costs drove a 10th straight trade deficit.

“The yen’s depreciation won’t be enough to end the deficit,” Kiichi Murashima, chief economist at Citigroup Inc. in Tokyo, said before the report. “The trade deficit will continue through 2014.”


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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