TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan logged a current account surplus of 1.82 trillion yen ($16 billion) in September, marking the 51st straight month of black ink, lifted by earnings from foreign investments, government data showed Thursday.
Among the components of one of the widest gauges of international trade, the country had a goods trade surplus of 323.3 billion yen and a services trade deficit of 41.5 billion yen, according to a preliminary report released by the Finance Ministry.
Primary income, which reflects returns on overseas investments, registered a surplus of 1.69 trillion yen.
For the April-September period, Japan ran a current account surplus of 10.65 trillion yen, down 8.3 percent from the same period last year.
Japan has been running a current account surplus helped by solid income from foreign investments.