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Confidence among manufacturers for the April-June quarter fell the most in at least four years because of surging commodity costs and waning demand for cars and electronics, a government survey showed Monday.

Sentiment among manufacturers with more than ¥1 billion in capital was minus 15.1 points this quarter, the lowest since the Cabinet Office and Finance Ministry began compiling the data together in 2004. A negative number means pessimists outnumber optimists.

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