Japan Feb housing starts rise 3.0 pct yr/yr -govt

Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:03am EDT

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TOKYO, March 27 (Reuters) - Housing starts in Japan rose 3.0
percent in February from a year earlier, up for the sixth
straight month, data by the land ministry showed on Friday,
helped by lower housing loan interest and emerging demand before
planned sales tax hike next April.
    Orders received by 50 major construction companies in
February rose 16.3 percent from a year earlier. 
    To view the full tables, go to the official website of the
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport:
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