Japan Sept exports fall 4.9% year/year - MOF

TOKYO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Japan’s exports fell 4.9% in September from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, dropping at a slower pace than in the previous month as pressure from the coronavirus pandemic eases.

That compared with a 2.4% decline expected by economists in a Reuters poll and followed a 14.8% fall in August.

Imports dropped 17.2% in the year to September, compared with the median estimate of an 21.4% decline.

The trade balance came to a surplus of 675 billion yen ($6.40 billion), against the median estimate of a 989.8 billion yen surplus.

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here ($1 = 105.4300 yen) (Reporting by Daniel Leussink Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)