July 8, 2010 / 5:06 AM / 10 years ago

Japan service sector sentiment 47.5 in June

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TOKYO, July 8 (Reuters) - Japan’s service sector sentiment index fell to 47.5 in June, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Thursday, down for two months in a row in a sign of slowing recovery in business confidence.

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 declined from 47.7 in May.

The Cabinet Office started compiling the data in comparative form in August 2001.

The outlook index, indicating the level of confidence in future conditions, fell to 48.3 from 48.7 in May.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko

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