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(Corrects day of the week in paragraph 1 to Tuesday, not Monday)
BRASILIA, May 2 (Reuters) - Brazil's trade surplus rose to $6.969 billion last month, government data showed on Tuesday, a record for a month of April as prices for main exports such as soy, iron ore and oil rose.
Exports totaled $17.686 billion and imports $10.717 billion. Economists in a Reuters poll predicted a surplus of $7.03 billion, according to their median forecast, after a surplus of $4.862 billion in April 2016. (Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)