October 24, 2011 / 12:00 AM / 8 years ago

Japan Sept exports rise 2.4 pct year/year - MOF

TOKYO, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose a stronger
than expected 2.4 percent in September from a year earlier,
Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, in a sign the
resilience of exports could help support the economy's moderate
    The rise in exports was bigger than a median forecast for a
1.0 percent increase and followed a 2.8 percent rise in the year
to August. 	
    Imports increased 12.1 percent in September, against a
forecast of a 12.6 percent rise.	
    The trade balance turned to a surplus of 300.4 billion yen.
That followed a deficit in the previous month and compared with
a median forecast of a 198.8 billion yen surplus. 	
    Exports to Asia, which account for more than half of Japan's
total exports, rose 0.2 percent from a year earlier. Exports to
the United States were up 0.4 percent.	
    Following is a table of the main figures. Economists' median
forecasts are in parentheses:	

                  SEPTEMBER            YEAR AGO     PCT CHANGE
 Overall balance +300,424 (+198,800)   774,314         n/a
 Exports        5,980,681            5,839,635     +2.4 (+1.0)
 Imports        5,680,257            5,065,321    +12.1(+12.6)	
 To view full tables, go to the website of the Ministry of
Finance at:
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