Japan Dec factory output rises 1.1 pct mth/mth

TOKYO Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:54pm EST

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TOKYO Jan 31 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose 1.1 percent in December, suggesting that robust domestic demand is underpinning the economy as consumers rush to beat a national sales tax hike in April.

The rise roughly matched a median market forecast of a 1.2 percent increase and followed a 0.1 percent drop in November.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 6.1 percent in January and increase 0.3 percent in February, data showed on Friday.

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