The nation’s current account surplus, the broadest measure of trade, fell 28.6 percent from a year earlier to 769.1 billion yen in October, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the Finance Ministry.

It was the first time in three months that the current account surplus, which measures not only trade but also investment flows and cash transfers, decreased on a year-on-year basis, the ministry said.

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