Japan March housing starts rise 7.3 pct yr/yr -govt

Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:02am EDT

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TOKYO, April 30 (Reuters) - Housing starts in Japan rose 7.3
percent in March from a year earlier, up for the seventh
straight month, data by the land ministry showed on Tuesday,
buoyed by recovery in consumer sentiment and demand ahead of
planned sales tax.
    Orders received by 50 major construction companies fell 3.4
percent in March 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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