Japan Aug industrial output rises 2.1 pct mth/mth

TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose 2.1 percent in August from the previous month, preliminary government data showed on Friday.

The reading compared with the median estimate of a 1.9 percent increase in a Reuters poll of economists, and followed a 0.8 percent decline in July.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to fall 1.9 percent in September and rise 3.5 percent in October.

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