• Kyodo News


Industrial output rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in October on strength in machinery and metal products makers, but the reading was weaker than expected due to sluggishness in the high-tech and auto industries.

The government reported Monday that the index of output at mines and factories stood at 86.1 against the base of 100 for 2005. It rose for the eighth straight month, the longest streak since 2005 was made the base year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report.

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