October 10, 2017 / 11:54 PM / a year ago

RPT-Japan Aug core machinery orders rise 3.4 pct mth/mth -govt

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    TOKYO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Japan's core machinery orders rose
3.4 percent in August from the previous month, government data
showed on Wednesday, in a tentative sign of a pickup in capital
    The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series
regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six
to nine months, compared with economists' median estimate of a
1.1 percent increase in a Reuters poll. It followed an 8.0
percent gain in July.
    Compared with a year earlier, the core orders, which exclude
ships and orders from electric power utilities, grew 4.4 percent
in August versus an expected 0.8 percent.
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 (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)
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