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— Japan Govt Repeats View: Machine Orders Are Fluctuating
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TOKYO (MNI) – Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders fell at
a faster-than-expected pace in October as slowing global demand and the
strong yen threaten the export-led recovery, data from the Cabinet
Office showed on Thursday.

In October, core private-sector machinery orders — which exclude
volatile demand from electric utilities and for ships and are viewed as
a leading indicator of corporate capital investment — fell 6.9% on the
month after a 8.2% drop in September.

The October figure was much worse than the median forecast in a
Market News International survey of economists for a 0.5% dip.

Core machinery orders are forecast to fall 3.8% in the
October-December quarter from the previous quarter, the first fall in
four quarters, following a 1.5% increase in the July-September quarter.

The Cabinet Office maintained its assessment, saying, “Machinery
orders are fluctuating, taking one step forward and one step back.”

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