Japan June housing starts +15.3 pct yr/yr -govt

Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:03am EDT

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TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) - Housing starts in Japan rose 15.3
percent in June from a year earlier, up for the tenth straight
month, data by the land ministry showed on Wednesday, boosted by
buying rush ahead of planned sales tax hike next April and
anticipation for interest rate rises.
    Orders received by 50 major construction companies rose 21.9
percent in June from a year earlier. 
    To view the full tables, go to the official website of the
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