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Optimism among Japan manufacturers highest in a decade

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Cool and rainy weather may dampen consumer spending in August, which would be worrying as private consumption constitutes about 60 per cent of the economy.

Tokyo

CONFIDENCE at Japanese manufacturers rose to its highest level in a decade in August, led by materials producers, a Reuters poll showed, a further sign of broadening recovery in the economy.

The monthly poll - which tracks the Bank of Japan's closely watched quarterly tankan

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