Japan's exports rose a stronger-than-expected 18.6 percent in October from a year before, notching up the fastest gain in over three years thanks to the weak yen and a pick-up in overseas demand, data on Wednesday showed.
The rise compared with an 11.5 percent increase in September and market expectations in a Reuters poll for a 16.5 percent gain.
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The data is the latest sign of a recovery in the world's third biggest economy, with economists saying that strength in exports to the U.S. and China, Japan's biggest trading partners, was particularly positive.
Exports to China soared an annual 21.3 percent in October, while exports to the U.S. were up 26.4 percent.