Japan Has Y454.7 Billion Current Account Surplus
Japan posted a current account surplus of 454.7 billion yen in August, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday, up 4.2 percent on year.
The headline figure beat forecasts for a surplus of 421.1 billion yen (down 3.7 percent) but declined from the surplus of 625.4 billion (-40.6 percent) yen in July.
The trade balance reflected a deficit of 644.5 billion yen, down 6.6 percent on year. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of 628.6 billion yen after showing a 373.6 billion yen deficit in the previous month.
Exports were down 5.3 percent on year to 4.844 trillion yen in August. That follows the 7.4 percent fall in July, which came in at 5.118 trillion yen.
Imports dipped 5.4 percent on year to 5.488 trillion yen in the previous month, after posting an annual increase of 1.9 percent in July to 5.491 trillion yen.
Goods and services saw a deficit of 867.0 billion yen in August after showing a shortfall of 719.7 billion yen a month earlier.
The financial account saw a deficit of 1.090 trillion yen, while the capital account posted a shortfall of 56.7 billion yen.
The adjusted current account showed a surplus of 722.3 billion yen, beating forecasts for a surplus of 520.0 billion yen after coming in at 335.4 billion yen a month earlier.
Upon the release of the data, the Japanese yen showed little changes against major rivals, trading near 101.58 against the euro, 78.32 versus the U.S. dollar, 125.53 against the British pound and 83.95 versus the Swiss franc.
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