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Japan trade surplus jumps.

May 14, 1987

Japan said its trade surplus with the United States jumped to $5.15 billion in April, a record in dollar terms, but U.S. economists said the volume of Japanese exports has actually started to shrink. The huge April surplus mainly reflects statistical fluctuations and currency changes, said David G. Hartman, chief international economist for Data Resoiurces Inc. in Lexington, Mass.

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