Japan's exports rose at the fastest pace in seven months in September, easing fears that the country's main growth engine is sputtering.
Exports grew 6.9 percent on an annual basis, data from the Ministry of Finance showed Wednesday, a tad higher than the 6.8 percent forecast from Reuters, and following the 1.3 percent decline in August.
Imports, meanwhile, rose 6.2 percent from the year-ago period, beating expectations of a 3 percent climb and after falling 1.5 percent in August. This brought trade deficit to 958.3 billion yen, larger than expectations for 777 billion yen deficit.
The outlook for Japanese exports has been in focus after momentum faltered in recent months despite a weak yen, which traditionally makes it more attractive for overseas firms to buy goods from Japan.