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Core private-sector machinery orders fell a seasonally adjusted 4.5 percent in October as business investment remained weak, government data showed Thursday.

Core orders, which exclude volatile ship and electric utility orders, came to ¥704.5 billion, down for the first time in three months and almost matching the average fall of 4.3 percent expected in a survey of analysts. Core orders jumped 10.5 percent in September.

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