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Japan Oct exports rise 14.0 pct year/year - MOF

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose 14.0 percent in October from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, helped by brisk external demand and a weak yen. The result compared with a 15.8 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. It followed a 14.1 percent gain in September. Imports rose 18.9 percent in the year to October, versus the median estimate for a 20.2 percent increase. That resulted in a trade surplus of 285.4 billion yen ($2.55 billion), against the median estimate for a 330 billion yen surplus. To view full tables, go to the MOF website at: http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/info/indexte.htm

($1 = 111.9500 yen)

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Minami Funakoshi)