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Workers saw their wages increase faster than the cost of living in April for the first time in two years, as the impact of last year’s sales-tax hike faded.

Real pay rose 0.1 percent from a year earlier, the labor ministry said on Tuesday. Overall wages, including overtime and bonuses, climbed 0.9 percent, the most since December, as base pay rose for a second straight month.

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