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Japan's oil imports in Nov. fall 7.6%, down for 3rd straight month.

TOKYO, Dec. 28 Kyodo

Japan's crude oil imports in November dropped 7.6 percent from a year earlier to 98.56 million barrels for the third consecutive monthly decrease, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy said Friday.

Oil from the Middle East accounted for 81.5 percent of total imports, down 7.2 percentage points, the agency under the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said in a preliminary report.

Saudi Arabia remained Japan's biggest oil supplier, exporting 33.71 million barrels, up 0.8 percent. The United Arab Emirates came in second with 21.70 million barrels, down 12.3 percent, followed by Qatar with 8.05 million barrels, down 39.1 percent.

One kiloliter equals 6.29 barrels.

Japan's output of petroleum products in the reporting month dropped 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 14.57 million kiloliters for the fifth consecutive monthly decline, while domestic sales increased 2.0 percent to 16.57 million kl.
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Date:Dec 31, 2012
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