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Japan's spending woes persist as retail sales fall at fastest pace in 17 years

BOJ expected to hold off on expanding stimulus at Thursday's monetary policy review

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JAPANESE retail sales in March declined at their fastest annual pace in 17 years as consumer spending struggled to pick up a year after a sales-tax increase, keeping alive speculation the Bank of Japan (BOJ) will expand stimulus again later this year.

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JAPANESE retail sales in March declined at their fastest annual pace in 17 years as consumer spending struggled to pick up a year after a sales-tax increase, keeping alive speculation the Bank of Japan (BOJ) will expand stimulus again later this year.

Retail sales slid 9.7...

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