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Wholesale prices, excluding the impact of last year’s consumption tax hike, fell 2.2 percent in April from a year earlier for the six straight month of decline, the Bank of Japan said Friday, weighed down by the effects of a plunge in crude oil prices.

The index of corporate goods prices stood at 100.7 against the 2010 base of 100, the central bank said in a preliminary report.

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