Japan June retail sales rise 1.6 pct year/year

Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:56pm EDT

TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Japanese retail sales rose 1.6
percent in June from a year earlier, government data showed on
Monday, in a sign that hopes for economic recovery are
underpinning consumer spending.
    The annual rise compared with a 1.9 percent gain projected
by economists in a Reuters poll and followed a 0.8 percent gain
in May, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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 (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edmund Klamann)