Average household spending in the April-June period rose a real 1.1 percent from the same period in 2001 to 300,802 yen, marking the first rise in five quarters, the government said Friday.

This increase in the key gauge of personal consumption follows year-on-year declines of 1.3 percent in the January-March quarter of fiscal 2001, 2.1 percent in the October-December quarter, 2.1 percent in the July-September quarter and 3.2 percent in the April-June quarter.

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