March 29, 2012 / 11:36 PM / 8 years ago

REFILE-Japan Feb household spending rises to 2.3 pct vs yr ago

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.

To view the full tables, go to the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications at:

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