Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Japanese Trade Shows Mixed Balance

Bloomberg report:

Japan’s export growth accelerated to 45.3 percent in February, led by Asian demand that increased the likelihood the economic recovery will be sustained.

The year-on-year increase was faster than January’s 40.8 percent, the Finance Ministry said today in Tokyo. The median estimate of 17 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a 45.7 percent gain.

Imports climbed 29.5 percent in February from a year earlier, resulting in a trade surplus of 651 billion yen ($7.2 billion). The median estimate of 22 analysts surveyed was for 560.6 billion yen.
The strong export growth was driven by a large jump in exports to the United States (as well as the above mentioned Asian demand), but unlike Asian (including China below), trade did not flow both ways with the United States. The below chart shows the collapse in trade (imports and exports) between the United States and Japan during the crisis and the lack of a full rebound in exports to the United States and absolutely no budge in imports from the United States.

Source: Customs.GO

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