Japan's Core Machinery Orders Rise 4.8% in February

An 0.5% fall was expected.

Beating market expectations of a contraction, Japan's core machinery orders jumped 4.8% in February from the previous month, official figures showed on April 1.

The core data, which exclude volatile demand from power companies and for ships, was significantly better than the 0.5% fall expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires.

The core private-sector machinery orders reached 794 billion yen (US$9.8 billion), following a 3.4% rise in January, according to the Cabinet Office.

"Machinery orders are leaning toward moderate expansion," it said.

The core orders are seen as a leading indicator of corporate capital spending and watched for movements that may reflect the outlook for the broader economy.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012

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