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Japan July exports rise 13.4 pct yr/yr - MOF

TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose 13.4 percent in July from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday, in a sign external demand rebounded from a lull in the previous quarter to underpin a steady economic recovery.

The result compared with a 13.6 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 9.7 percent rise in June.

Imports rose 16.3 percent in the year to July, versus the median estimate of a 17.0 percent increase.

That resulted in a trade surplus of 418.8 billion yen ($3.8 billion), against the median forecast for a 392.0 billion yen surplus.

To view the full tables, go to the website of the Ministry of Finance at:

http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/info/indexte.htm ($1 = 110.0200 yen) (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chris Gallagher)