It was the 25th straight monthly trade deficit for the world's third-largest economy, due mainly to an increase in imports of oil and gas to compensate for idled nuclear reactors following meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in 2011.
Exports rose 3.9 percent from a year earlier to
The economy contracted at a 6.8 percent annual rate in April-June, a setback largely attributed to the
"It will take until early next year before domestic spending returns to the levels reached ahead of the sales tax hike," said Marcel Thieliant, an economist with Capital Economics.
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the trade deficit was
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