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Japan service sector sentiment slips in September

TOKYO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Japan's service sector sentimentindex slipped to 41.2 in September, a Cabinet Office surveyshowed on Tuesday, damaged by rising worries about the economicoutlook.

The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workersand restaurant staff - called "economy watchers" for theirproximity to consumer and retail trends - showed theirconfidence about current economic conditions declined from 43.6in August.

The Cabinet Office began compiling the data in comparativeform in August 2001.

The Cabinet Office said Japan's economy has been weakeningrecently, compared with its previous view that the economy hadbeen picking up moderately but was showing weak movements.

The outlook index, indicating the level of confidence infuture conditions, was 43.5 in September compared with 43.6 themonth before.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Michael Watson)

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