May 12, 2011 / 6:11 AM / 8 years ago

Japan service sector sentiment improves

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Tokyo, March 12 (Reuters) - Japan’s service sector sentiment index rose to 28.3 in April, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Thursday, improving from a record fall posted the previous month, helped by efforts to repair supply constraints, prevent power shortages and contain a nuclear crisis caused by the March earthquake and tsunami.

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 rose from 27.7 in March.

The Cabinet office said the economy remains in a severe condition due to the devastating quake. Previously, it said the economy had been thrown into a severe condition by the quake and subsequent tsunami.

The outlook index, indicating the level of confidence in future conditions, was at 38.4, up from 26.6 in March.

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

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