JAPAN HIT BY WEAKER EXPORT DEMAND

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JAPAN HIT BY WEAKER EXPORT DEMAND

 user 2005-07-19 at 10:41:00 am Views: 67
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    Japan hit by weaker export demand
    Japan’s current account surplus fell by 19.5% in May, as the soaring price of oil boosted the value of imports, while Japanese exports remained stagnant.

    The surplus totalled 1.38 trillion yen ($12.4bn; $7bn) before seasonal adjustments, the finance ministry said.

    Current account data measures the flow of goods, services and other financial transfers.

    Weaker demand from Asia – and in particularly China – hit exports, a key driver of the Japan’s economy.

    Japan’s trade surplus slumped 57.4% to 474.3bn yen, while exports rose just 1.7% to 4.58 trillion yen, official figures showed.

    “The current account surplus fell sharply as import growth far outpaced export growth due to a rise in oil prices,” a finance ministry official said.