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Dow Jones Newswires: Japan’s exports grow for 11th consecutive month in January

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Japan’s exports increased in January for the 11th consecutive month, driven by robust overseas demand for steel and mineral fuels, Ministry of Finance data showed Thursday.

Exports rose 9.6% from a year earlier in January. That compared with December’s 17.5% increase and was weaker than the 16.5% increase expected by economists surveyed by data provider FactSet.

Exports to Europe and the U.S. led the growth, increasing by 16.1% and 11.5% respectively, mainly due to the strong demand for steel and semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Japan posted the first decline in exports to China in 19 months, with a drop of 5.4%.

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