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Japan’s benchmark composite economic index in October rose 1.3 points from the previous month, marking the first expansion in four months, on the back of increased production of vehicles and general machinery, the government said Wednesday.

The index of coincident indicators, reflecting industrial output, retail sales and the ratio of job offers to seekers, stood at 90.3 against the 2005 base of 100, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report.

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