Japan Jan housing starts rises 5 pct yr/yr -govt

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:05am EST

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TOKYO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Housing starts in Japan rose 5.0
percent in January from a year earlier, up for the fifth
straight month, data by the land ministry showed on Thursday,
suggesting an improvement in consumer sentiment and emerging
demand ahead of planned sales tax hikes helped the industry.
    Orders received by 50 major construction companies fell 3.7
percent in January from a year earlier. 
    To view the full tables, go to the official website of the
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