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Japan May industrial output falls 2.3 pct on-month, below expectations for 0.1 pct fall

Robot assembler work on cars during the assembly process at Nissan Motor Company's Kyushu Plant on November 23, 2007 in Kiyakyushu, Japan.
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Robot assembler work on cars during the assembly process at Nissan Motor Company's Kyushu Plant on November 23, 2007 in Kiyakyushu, Japan.

Japan's industrial output fell 2.3 percent in May, government data showed on Thursday, in a sign companies could be worried that export demand is weakening.

The fall was more than a median estimate for a 0.1 percent decrease in a Reuters poll of economists.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 1.7 percent in June and increase 1.3 percent in July, data showed.

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