Current account surplus shrinks

Japan's current-account surplus shrank in February from a year earlier.

Finance Ministry officials say the surplus stood at 2.9 trillion yen, or about 26.5 billion dollars. That's down 4.7 percent in yen terms.

The balance indicates a country's trade and investment with the rest of the world.

The primary-income account was in the black by 2.6 trillion yen or nearly 24 billion dollars, up 25 percent from a year ago. The number includes dividends and interest income from overseas investments.

But the trade surplus shrank more than 60 percent to 4.7 billion dollars. Imports rose more than 11 percent, while exports fell 4 percent.