Japan June industrial output rises 1.6 pct mth/mth

TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose 1.6 percent in June from the previous month due to higher production of cars and chemicals, preliminary government data showed on Monday, in a sign of a pickup in manufacturing activity.

The result compared with the median estimate of a 1.7 percent increase in a Reuters poll of economists.

It followed a 3.6 percent decline in May, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed.

Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect output to rise 0.8 percent in July and 3.6 percent in August.

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For the full tables on METI's website: http://www.meti.go.jp/english/statistics/tyo/iip/index.html (Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)