A leading indicator of corporate capital spending, Japan's core machinery orders, fell 11.3% in November from the previous month, official data showed on Jan. 14.
The figure was worse than the monthly drop of 4.5% in October and was below market expectations of a small rise.
The core orders, which exclude particularly volatile demand from power companies and for ships, are seen as a key barometer of business investment.
Core orders from manufacturing companies tumbled 18.2% month-on-month in November while those from non-manufacturers fell 10.6%, the Cabinet Office said.
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