TOKYO Jan 31 Japan's industrial output
increased 2.5 percent in December, rising at the fastest pace
since June 2011, government data showed on Thursday, in a sign
that the impact from falling exports and weak global demand was
The rise compared with a median market forecast for a 4.5
percent increase, and followed a 1.4 percent decline in the
Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry expect output to rise 2.6 percent in January and
increase 2.3 percent in February.
The ministry raised its assessment of industrial output,
saying that it is it was showing signs of halting its declines.
Previously, it had said production was on a downward trend.
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