The nation’s customs-cleared trade surplus for November climbed 58.7 percent to 1.06 trillion yen, marking the eighth straight month of year-on-year increase, provisional figures released Thursday showed.

Overall, imports fell for the first time since April 1994, contracting 4.2 percent from the same period last year to 3.16 trillion yen, while exports continued to log steady growth, rising 6.4 percent to 4.22 trillion yen to register an increase for the 28th consecutive month.

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