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Japan's Feb industrial production falls 3.4%

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Japan's factory production in February fell by a worse-than-expected 3.4 per cent month-on-month, turning down from a solid rise in January, according to official data released on Monday.

[TOKYO] Japan's factory production in February fell by a worse-than-expected 3.4 per cent month-on-month, turning down from a solid rise in January, according to official data released on Monday.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry missed economists' median forecast of a drop of less than two per cent.

But the ministry left unchanged its verdict on the broader trend in factory production.  “Industrial production shows signs of increase at a moderate pace,” it said in the February report, using the same phrase for January. 

 The ministry also said a survey of manufacturing companies’ output projections suggested their production would fall by a further 2.0 percent in March before rising 3.6 percent in April.

AFP