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Japan factory output falls 1.7% in Nov, worse than 0.5% decline expected

Published on Dec 28, 2012 8:33 AM
Japan's factory output for November is down 1.7 per cent from the previous month, worse than a 0.5-per-cent decline expected by the market. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese factories slowed in November, spelling out the daunting task that lies ahead for the new conservative government in reviving the world's third-largest economy.

The 1.7-per-cent drop in output from a month earlier - worse than a 0.5-per-cent decline expected by the market - came as the new government took power this week on a campaign that pledged to inject new life into the country's limp economy, after it won a landslide election earlier this month.

Japan's economy has been hurt by a strong yen, turmoil in the key European market and the global economic slowdown, confounding the nation's recovery from the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

A territorial dispute with Beijing has also weighed on Japanese exports due to a consumer boycott in China stemming from the spat.

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