Japan’s economy shrank in the third quarter as natural disasters hit spending and disrupted exports.

Preliminary figures show the economy contracted by one point two percent between July and September.

A devastating earthquake and typhoon were among the disasters that hit Japan this year, prompting the contraction.

The slowdown comes as the US and China fight a trade war which risks hurting global trade and growth.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a one percent contraction for the three months to September.

Exports fell by one point eight percent from the previous quarter, the fastest decline in more than three years.

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