TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s exports fell 8.2% in August from a year earlier, down for a ninth straight month, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday.
The result compared with a 10.9% decrease forecast by economists in a Reuters poll and followed a 1.5% drop in July.
Imports sank 12.0% in the year to August, versus the median estimate of a 11.2% decline.
The trade balance came to a deficit of 136.3 billion yen ($1.26 billion), against the median estimate of a 355.9 billion yen deficit.
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(Reporting by Daniel Leussink in Tokyo; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)