Japan July industrial output falls 0.8 pct mth/mth

TOKYO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output fell 0.8 percent in July from the previous month, preliminary government data showed on Thursday.

The reading compared with the median estimate for a 0.5 percent drop in a Reuters poll of economists, and followed a 2.2 percent increase in June.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 6.0 percent in August but fall 3.1 percent in September.

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http://www.meti.go.jp/english/statistics/tyo/iip/index.html (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)