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Japan inflation up but spending still weak

Policymakers likely to expand monetary easing scheme to boost prices to counter downturn, say analysts

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TOUGH TIMES: March's household spending fell almost 11 per cent, the worst since data started in 2001.

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JAPANESE inflation picked up in March for the first time in 10 months, data showed on Friday, but household spending tumbled in a worrying sign for consumer confidence.

Core inflation, excluding volatile fresh food prices, hit 2.2 per cent year on year, accelerating from the

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