Japan's merchandise trade balance total recorded a surplus of 185.7 billion yen in August compared with a prior revised 377.9 billion yen from 380.2 billion yen, while forecasts referred to 157.0 billion yen. The adjusted merchandise trade balance showed a surplus of 235.4 billion yen coming after a previous revised 222.1 billion yen from 194.5 billion yen, and it came better than the forecasted 187.7 billion yen.

Yearly merchandise trade exports fell 36.0% in August from a prior drop by 36.5%, while it was expected to fall 36.5%. Yearly merchandise trade imports declined 41.3% following a drop by 40.8% in July, while forecasts referred to -41.6%.