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TOKYO, Dec 7 Japan's index of coincident economic indicators fell a preliminary 0.9 point in October from the previous month, down for the seventh straight month, the Cabinet Office said on Friday, adding more evidence that the economy, shackled by weak global demand, may have slipped into a recession. The Cabinet Office downgraded its view on the coincident index for a second straight month and said the index shows deterioration, suggesting Japan is in a recession. The index of leading economic indicators, compiled using data such as the number of job offers and consumer sentiment and a gauge of the economy a few months ahead, rose 0.9 point from September. To view full tables, click on the Cabinet Office's website at
TOKYO, June 28 Asian shares slumped on Wednesday after Wall Street was knocked hard in the wake of a delay to a U.S. healthcare reform vote, while the euro rallied after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB could trim its stimulus this year.