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Japan exports fall in March for sixth straight month

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Japan's exports fell 6.8 percent in March from a year earlier, down for the sixth straight month, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday, as a slowdown in China and emerging markets hurts external demand.

The fall compares with a 6.9 percent decrease expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 4.0 percent drop in February.

Imports fell 14.9 percent in March, versus the median estimate for a 16.2 percent decrease from the year earlier.

The trade balance came to a surplus of 755.0 billion yen ($6.91 billion), versus the median estimate for a surplus of 834.6 billion yen.

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