TOKYO, April 12 Japan's core machinery orders
rose 1.5 percent in February from the previous month, government
data showed on Wednesday, underscoring a gradual pick-up in
The rise in the core orders, a highly volatile data series
regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six
to nine months, was below the 2.7 percent gain expected by
economists in a Reuters poll.
It followed a 3.2 percent decline in January, the Cabinet
Office data showed.
Compared with a year earlier, core orders, which exclude
ships and orders from the electric power utilities, grew 5.6
percent in February, after an 8.2 percent slide in the previous
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(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)