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The nation’s key composite index of economic indicators that reflect the current state of the economy fell in August for the second straight month due to weaker shipments and production amid the sluggish Chinese economy, the government said Wednesday.

The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail sales and new job offers, fell 0.6 point from the previous month to 112.5 against the 2010 base of 100, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report.

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