TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average inched higher on Monday as gains in Fast Retailing Co Ltd <9983.T> and chip tester maker Advantest Corp <6857.T> offset profit-taking on exporters after weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data.
The Nikkei <.N225> ended 0.1 percent higher at 9,533.75 points, after trading as high as 9,584.46, its best level since late April.
The broader Topix <.TOPX> index eased 0.2 percent to 788.48.
(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Kim Coghill)
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