TOKYO: Japan's exports rose 49.6per cent in May from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday.
The rise compares with a 51.3per cent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 38per cent rise in April.
Imports jumped 27.9per cent in the year to May versus the median estimate for a 26.6per cent gain.
The trade balance came to a deficit of 187.1 billion yen (US$1.70 billion), versus the median estimate for a 91.2 billion yen shortfall.
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(US$1 = 110.0900 yen)
(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)