Japan Breaks 48-Month Deficit Streak, Manages Marginal Trade Surplus On Collapse In Imports

After 48 months of trade deficits, March saw a very modest JPY3.3bn surplus (vs JPY409bn deficit expectations), driven by a collapse in imports. Exports rose 8.5% (as expected) but against already dismal expectations of a 12.6% drop, March saw Japanese imports crash by 14.5% - the most since Nov 2009 (driven by the plunge in oil prices - aleviating some of the post-Fukushima fuel demands cost). Of course this is terrible news for stocks as it means less stimulus from the BoJ...asnd JPY is strengthening modestly.

The 48 month deficit streak is over...

 

Thanks to a collapse in imports...

 

For now JPY's reaction, as expected, is stronger against the USD but it's very marginal...

 

Charts: Bloomberg