TOKYO, April 27 Japan's industrial production
rose 1.0 percent in March, government data showed on Friday,
marking the biggest rise in three months as stabilising external
demand and reconstruction of the country's tsunami-hit areas
boosted factory output.
But the rise was smaller than a median estimate for a 2.3
percent increase. It followed a 1.6 percent decline in February.
Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry expect output to rise 1.0 percent in April but fall 4.1
percent in May, the data showed.
Factory output rose 1.2 percent in January-March compared
with the previous quarter, the data showed.
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