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Japan exports rise again as economy powers up

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Japanese exports climbed for the eighth month in a row as signs of strength in the economy continue to build.

The data for July released Thursday also showed a rise in imports, thanks to strong demand for computers and cameras from China. Imports are up for the seventh consecutive month.

The world’s third-largest economy is picking up steam as consumer spending adds momentum to an export-led recovery.

Figures out earlier this week showed Japan’s economy expanded at its fastest rate in more than two years in the second quarter.

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Toshiba releases earnings, avoids delisting

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Toshiba has avoided being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, finally meeting a deadline to report its long-awaited earnings results.

As expected, the results were dismal. The firm posted a massive loss of $8.8bn (£6.7bn) for the last fiscal year.

Toshiba had delayed the release of its financial results for months, as it struggled to secure sign-off on its results from its auditors.

Although the firm now has the sign off and is safe from delisting for now, it still faces tough times as it tries to sell-off its lucrative chip unit to cover its losses.

Toshiba stock jumps as delisting fears ease

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Shares in Toshiba jumped 9% early Wednesday on expectations it will meet a deadline to deliver its long-awaited earnings report to regulators.

The embattled electronics firm is due to submit financial statements on Thursday, and local media reported it would get partial sign-off from auditors needed on the accounts.

That would reduce the risk of the firm being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The moves come in a dreary session for Japanese stocks, with the Nikkei 225 index down 1.5%.