TOKYO Jan 25 Japan's core consumer prices fell
0.2 percent in December from a year earlier, government data
showed on Friday, down for a second straight month as the
economy struggles to shake off years of deflation.
The fall in the core consumer price index, which includes
oil products but excludes volatile prices of fresh fruit,
vegetables and seafood, matched the median forecast in a Reuters
poll of economists, and followed a 0.1 percent year-on-year fall
The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food
and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the
United States, fell 0.6 percent in the year to December, the
data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
showed on Friday.
The core consumer price index for Tokyo, which is available
a month before the nationwide data and serves as a leading price
indicator, fell 0.5 percent in January from a year earlier,
matching the average estimate of economists.
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