Japan's current account surplus grew 2.1 per cent in November to 1.78 trillion yen (16.56 billion dollars), compared to a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
Surplus in goods and services trade narrowed 8.6 per cent to 871.5 billion yen.
In goods trade, Japan's surplus fell 9.7 per cent to 932.7 billion yen.
Exports rose 9.5 per cent to 6.88 trillion yen, and imports jumped 13.3 per cent to 5.95 trillion yen.
In services trade, the nation's deficit dropped 23.4 per cent to 61.2 billion yen. The margin of deficit narrowed with declines in spending by Japanese travelers overseas, the ministry said.
The current account balance, which is the broadest gauge of trade, showed the gap between a nation's income from foreign sources and foreign obligations payable, excluding net capital investment. ( Dpa )