Japan’s customs-cleared trade surplus for July climbed 69.7 percent from a year earlier to 849.1 billion yen, the fourth straight month of increase, according to provisional figures released Aug. 18 by the Finance Ministry.

Ministry officials said the 2 percentage point hike in the consumption tax in April continues to affect the trade figures for automobiles and clothing.

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