ECONOMIC DATA ABROAD

ECONOMIC DATA ABROAD

UNADJUSTED SURPLUS

IN TRADE FALLS IN JAPANJapan recorded an unadjusted trade surplus of $3.13 billion during May on a customs-cleared basis, down from $3.76 billion a year earlier, and down from $3.54 billion a month earlier, the Japanese Finance Ministry announced in a preliminary report Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted surplus was $3.41 billion, up from $3.19 billion a month earlier.

Japan's unadjusted trade surplus with the United States in May totaled $2.44 billion, down from $2.45 billion a month earlier and down from $2.76 billion a year earlier.

Exports in May totaled $21.52 billion on a customs-cleared f.o.b. basis, down from $21.70 billion a year earlier, and imports were $18.38 billion on a customs-cleared c.i.f. basis, up from $17.95 billion.

NETHERLANDS' EXPORTS

SET RECORD IN MARCH

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Exports from the Netherlands reached a record 21.8 billion guilders ($11.5 billion) in March, a rise of 5 percent from March 1989, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported.

Imports of goods during March amounted to 20.3 billion guilders, a rise of 5 percent, producing a trade surplus of 1.5 billion guilders.

Exports rose 6 percent in the first quarter from the year-earlier quarter to a record 60 billion guilders, while imports rose 8 percent to 57.8 billion guilders, to give a trade surplus of 2.2 billion guilders.

NEW MACHINERY ORDERS

CLIMB 11.2 PERCENT IN JAPAN

TOKYO - New private-sector orders for machinery received in April by Japanese manufacturers rose 11.2 percent from March, the third monthly gain in four months this year, the government reported Tuesday.

New private orders, adjusted for seasonal variations, totaled 1.02 trillion yen, up 17.7 percent from April 1989, the Economic Planning Agency said.

The total excluded orders for vessels and those from the electric power industry, both of which tend to swing erratically. Private- sector machinery orders, regarded as a leading indicator of business capital spending, had fallen 7.0 percent in March from February.

SPAIN'S CPI REMAINED

STEADY DURING MAY

MADRID, Spain - Spain's consumer price index was unchanged in May from April, leaving inflation for the first five months of 1990 at 2.2 percent, the National Statistics Institute said Tuesday.

In the 12-month-period through May, the index rose 6.8 percent, it said.