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Japan Sept exports rise 11.5 pct year/year - MOF

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Japanese exports rose 11.5 percent

in September from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data

showed on Monday, reflecting the effects of a weaker yen and a

pick-up in global demand.

The rise in exports compared with expectations of a 15.6

percent increase according to a Reuters poll of economists.

Imports rose 16.5 percent in September from a year earlier,

versus a 20.0 percent increase expected, partly as a weaker yen

inflated the cost of importing fossil fuels.

Higher import costs resulted in a trade deficit of 932.1

billion yen ($9.5 billion) compared with the median estimate for

a 920 billion yen deficit. It was a record 15th straight month

of deficits.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, Japan's exports fell 0.3

percent in September from the previous month.