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Japan's Oct service sector sentiment rises to more than 6-year high

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Japan’s service sector sentiment index rose to the highest level since January 2014 in October, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday, in a sign that business conditions were picking up although worries over the coronavirus pandemic remained.

The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff - called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends - showed their confidence about current economic conditions jumped 5.2 points from September to 54.5.

The Cabinet Office, in its assessment, said the index was steadily picking up but that worries over the coronavirus have persisted. (Reporting by Daniel Leussink Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)