Japan March industrial output up 1.0 pct mth/mth

TOKYO, April 27 Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:54pm EDT

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TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial production rose 1.0 percent in March, government data showed on Friday, marking the biggest rise in three months as stabilising external demand and reconstruction of the country's tsunami-hit areas boosted factory output.

But the rise was smaller than a median estimate for a 2.3 percent increase. It followed a 1.6 percent decline in February.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 1.0 percent in April but fall 4.1 percent in May, the data showed.

Factory output rose 1.2 percent in January-March compared with the previous quarter, the data showed.

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