November 30, 2016 / 12:15 AM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Japan industrial output up in Oct, seen solid in Nov

* Oct output +0.1 pct vs forecast -0.1 pct

* Manufacturers see output up sharply in Nov, down in Dec (Adds details, background)

By Minami Funakoshi

TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japan’s industrial output rose 0.1 percent in October from the previous month and manufacturers say production likely bounced sharply this month, preliminary government data showed on Wednesday, in a sign of a tentative pickup in factory activity.

The result compared with the median forecast of a 0.1 percent fall in a Reuters poll of economists, and followed a 0.6 percent increase in September.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 4.5 percent in November and decrease 0.6 percent in December.

Recovery in factory output is a welcome sign for policymakers, who have struggled to generate virtuous cycle of growth in consumption and production to lift an economy mired in nearly two decades of deflation and stagnation.

The ministry maintained its assessment on industrial output, saying a gradual pick-up can be seen in production.

Japan’s economy expanded for a third straight quarter in July-September as exports recovered, but domestic activity remained weak, highlighting the potential fragility in the export-reliant country’s recovery.

Separate data showed on Tuesday that Japan’s unemployment rate held steady in October as the availability of jobs improved and household spending fell at a slower pace, hinting that a robust labour market is lending some support to domestic demand. (Reporting by Minami Funakoshi; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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