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Surprise fall in Japan's July industrial output

Talk of fiscal stimulus to avert possible recession as some economists scale back recovery expectations

Men work at a petrochemical plant in Kawasaki near Tokyo on Aug 31, 2015.


JAPAN's industrial output unexpectedly fell in July in a worrying sign that high inventories and weak overseas demand could further hamper an economy struggling to recover from a slump in the second quarter.

The 0.6 per cent decline in output in July was much worse than the