Japan May industrial output up 0.5 pct mth/mth

TOKYO, June 30 Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:54pm EDT

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TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose 0.5 percent in May, rebounding from a drop in the previous month, government data showed on Monday, in a sign the pullback in demand after the April 1 sales tax hike might be short-lived.

The month-on-month rise compared with economists' median estimate of a 0.9 percent increase in a Reuters poll, and followed a 2.8 percent drop in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry data showed.

Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect output to fall 0.7 percent in June and increase 1.5 percent in July, the data showed.

The ministry maintained its assessment of factory output, saying it is in a flat trend.

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here (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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