Japan Trade Surplus Jumps 245% YoY In February
Japan recorded a JPY 813.4 billion trade surplus in February of 2017, higher than a JPY 235.5 billion surplus a year earlier and slightly below market expectations of JPY 822 billion. Exports jumped 11.3 percent year-on-year, better than expectations of a 10.6 percent rise and the biggest gain since January of 2015, boosted by sales to China. Imports increased 1.2 percent, also higher than forecasts of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly due to oil.
Exports reached JPY 6346.5 billion, boosted by sales of machinery (16.6 percent), electrical machinery (13.5 percent), chemicals (16.4 percent), parts of motor vehicles (21.8 percent), manufactured goods (6.7 percent) and scientific and optical instruments (23.4 percent). Shipments increased to the US (0.4 percent) and China (28.2 percent).
Imports came in at JPY 5533.1 billion, mainly due to mineral fuels (38.1 percent), namely petroleum (69.9 percent). Purchases from main partners decreased: China (-17.7 percent), Western Europe (-7.7 percent), the US (-0.7 percent) and ASEAN countries (-1.5 percent) but rose from the Middle East (46.4 percent).
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