• Kyodo


Industrial output in August fell a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent from the previous month, revised downward from the initially reported 1.3 percent drop, the government said Monday.

The reading represents the second consecutive monthly decline. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry attributed the revision to data on medical goods, which were not available when it published the preliminary report Sept. 28, as well as weaker production by transport equipment makers.

The output of chemical makers logged a 3.3 percent fall, while that of transport equipment makers dropped 0.7 percent. The index of production at factories and mines stood at 90.2 against the base of 100 for 2005.

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