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Japan’s key composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in July for the first time in two months, the government said Monday, reflecting a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail sales and new job offers, dropped 0.1 points from the previous month to 112.2 against the 2010 base of 100, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report.

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