Japan logs trade deficit of 203.4 b. yen in May
Jiji -- Jun 19
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 203.4 billion yen in May, against the year-before deficit of 47.3 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday.

The result came against the median forecast of 59.5 billion yen in surplus among 20 research institutes surveyed by Jiji Press.

Exports rose 14.9 pct to 5,851.4 billion yen, and imports grew 17.8 pct to 6,054.7 billion yen, the ministry said in a preliminary report.

In trade with the United States, Japan's surplus increased 19.0 pct to 411.1 billion yen. Exports were up 11.6 pct, and imports were up 7.4 pct.

5月の貿易収支は輸入が前年より増えたことから、2034億円の赤字でした。赤字は4カ月ぶりです。
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