Japan’s exports rose for the first time since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed 15 months ago, adding to signs that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering from the global recession.There were two keys for this positive year on year increase... an Asian recovery and a comparison from an extremely depressed level.
Shipments abroad rose 12.1 percent in December from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said today in Tokyo. The median estimate of 19 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 7.6 percent gain. Exports fell 6.3 percent in November.
“Shipments to Asia, especially China, have been growing a lot and these are strong results,” said Yoshiki Shinke, senior economist at Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo. “It’s safe to say that exports were strong” in the fourth quarter.Depressed Level
The improvement in exports last month was partly due to a favorable year-on-year comparison. In December 2008, shipments abroad tumbled 35 percent as global trade froze in the aftermath of Lehman Brothers’ collapse in September. From a month earlier, exports rose a seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent in December, today’s report showed.