RTTNews - Japan posted a trade surplus of 69.0 billion yen in April, according to data released by the government on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Finance reported that exports declined 39.1 percent in April from their level of one year earlier. The decline was smaller than the 41.9 percent drop in exports forecast by most economists, and followed a 45.5 percent on-year decline in March.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, April exports were up 1.9 percent from March.

The Ministry said April imports were down 35.8 percent on year, a slightly lesser decline than the downwardly revised fall of 36.6 percent registered in March.

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