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Oct. exports from Kansai reach hit another record high

Exports from the six prefectures of Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama) in October 2005 totaled 1,223.7 billion yen (up 7.5 percent over a year before), increasing for 43 months in a row and marking a record high for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary trade data released by the Osaka Customs on November 29. Imports totaled 918.1 billion yen (up 13.3 percent year-on-year), increasing for 21 months in a row.
By country, China was the largest trading partner, with exports to that country amounting to 227.8 billion yen (up 2.8 percent year-on-year) and imports 303.7 billion yen (up 13.5 percent year-on-year).
Among export items which marked significant gains were microchips and other electronics parts, which amounted to 128.5 billion yen (up by 16.6 billion yen from a year earlier) and steel, which totaled to 63.4 billion yen (up by 14.0 billion yen). Import items which increased most significantly include crude oil, which amounted to 66.0 billion yen (up by 23.0 billion yen) and business machines, which came to 42.1 billion yen (up by 6.8 billion yen).
Exports via the Kansai International Airport in October also hit an all-time monthly high of 384.7 billion yen (up by 108 million yen).
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