Japan Sept exports rise 6.9 pct year/year - MOF

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TOKYO (Oct 22): Japan's exports rose 6.9 percent in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday, in a tentative sign that external demand is starting
to pick up.

The rise compares with a 6.8 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 1.3 percent year-on-year decline in August.

Imports rose 6.2 percent in the year to September, versus the median estimate of a 3.0 percent increase.

The trade balance came to a deficit of 958.3 billion yen ($8.96 billion), versus the median estimate of a 777.0 billion yen deficit.