Japan consumer confidence improves in January -govt

Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:19am EST

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TOKYO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Japanese consumer confidence
improved in January, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday,
with its index rising for the first time in five months,
indicating widening signs of economic recovery.
    The survey's sentiment index for general households, which
includes views on incomes and jobs, was at 43.3 in January, up
from 39.2 in December.
    The Cabinet Office raised its view on the consumer sentiment
index in light of the rise in the index.
    A reading below 50 suggests consumer pessimism.    
    The survey began in 1982. "General households" are those
with two or more people.(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko)
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