June 8, 2011 / 5:15 AM / 8 years ago

Japan service sector sentiment improves in May

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Tokyo, June 8 (Reuters) - Japan’s service sector sentiment index rose to 36.0 in May, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Wednesday, continuing its gradual recovery from a record fall posted in March, helped by efforts to mend damage caused by an earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis.

The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff — called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends — showed their confidence about current economic conditions climbed from 28.3 in April.

The cabinet office said that Japan’s economy continued to be in a severe state due to the quake in March, though it was showing signs of improvement.

The outlook index, indicating the level of confidence in future conditions, was at 44.9, up from 38.4.

The Cabinet Office started compiling the data in comparative form in August 2001. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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