TOKYO, March 30 (Reuters) - Japanese household spending rose 2.3 percent in February from a year earlier in price-adjusted real terms, government data showed on Friday, suggesting a moderate recovery in consumption helped by government subsidies for purchase of fuel-efficient cars.
The rise contrasted sharply with the median market forecast for a 0.2 percent fall and followed a 2.3 percent drop in January.
Spending grew 1.8 percent from January in seasonally adjusted terms as households spent an average 267,895 yen ($3,300), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.
Spending by wage earner households rose 2.9 percent in February from the same month a year earlier.
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