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Industrial output fell a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in August from the previous month, revised down from a preliminary drop of 0.5 percent, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Thursday.

The index of output at factories and mines stood at 96.3 against the base of 100 for 2010, compared with 97.0 in the preliminary report, due in part to lower production of beverages such as tea and coffee.

Industrial shipments were also revised down to a 0.7 percent drop from the previous 0.5 percent fall, while inventories rose 0.3 percent, down from the 0.4 percent gain stated in the preliminary report.

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