Japan's core private-sector machinery orders, a leading indicator of corporate capital spending, jumped 5.4% in March from the previous month, official data showed on May 17.
The core orders, which exclude particularly volatile demand from power companies and for ships, contrast with a 3.8% monthly drop in February.
The reading was slightly higher than the average market forecast of a 5.3% rise.
Core orders from manufacturing companies rose 3.1% month-on-month in March while those from non-manufacturers were up 12.6%, the Cabinet Office said.
Core orders in the three months to June are expected to rise 1.6% from the three months to March, according to the official figures.
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