• Kyodo


Core machinery orders fell a seasonally adjusted 6.9 percent in October from September, declining for a second straight month as Europe’s debt crisis and the yen’s appreciation fuel concerns over the economy, the government said Thursday.

Private-sector orders came to ¥687.4 billion, sinking below the ¥700 billion threshold for the first time since last December, the Cabinet Office said. The total excluded orders for ships and from utilities, due to their volatility.

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