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Japan’s wholesale prices rose 2.1 percent in April from a year earlier, up for the fourth straight month due to higher oil prices, Bank of Japan data showed Monday.

Discounting the effect of a 3 percentage point consumption tax hike in April 2014, the pace of the increase was the sharpest since January 2014, when prices climbed 2.5 percent year on year, a BOJ official said.

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