Japanese exports put in their best performance in three years, data showed Thursday, but were not enough to prevent a record August trade deficit hit by soaring energy costs.
Shipping containers are unloaded in Tokyo. Japan's trade deficit ballooned by a quarter to $9.8 billion in August, official data showed September 19, 2013.
The monthly deficit of 960.3 billion yen was well up from 768.4 billion yen a year earlier, marking the worst-ever August deficit and extending a string of shortfalls to 14 months -- tying the previous record set more than three decades ago.
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