TOKYO, June 30 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
The ministry maintained its assessment of factory output,
saying it is in a flat trend.
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(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)