Japan's core private-sector machinery orders, a leading indicator of corporate capital spending, fell 1.4% in October from the previous month, official data showed on Dec. 8.
The figures, which exclude particularly volatile demand from power companies and for ships, followed a 10.3% fall in September, the Cabinet Office said.
The drop was bigger than market expectations of a 0.1% fall.
Orders from the manufacturing sector rose 1.4% in October, compared with a 20.7% fall in the previous month, while orders from non-manufacturers tumbled 8.7%.
Core orders are expected to fall 9.8% in the October-December quarter, reversing a 9.6% rise in July-September.
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