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Industrial production grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February, revised downward from 0.8 percent in a preliminary report, the industry ministry said Monday.

The index of output at mines and factories posted a reading of 107.9 against the base of 100 for 2000, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a revised report. The growth followed a 2.3 percent contraction in January.

Production rose for automakers, chemical makers, and information and communications equipment makers, but fell for electronic parts and device manufacturers, and food and tobacco makers, METI said.

The index of industrial shipments was flat at 111.4, unchanged from the preliminary reading.

The index of industrial inventories dropped 0.6 percent to 96.6, also unchanged from the preliminary data.

The factory operating-rate index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in February from the previous month.

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