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Almost half of Japanese firms saw their output and sales slide last month because of the coronavirus outbreak, with two-thirds anticipating the impact from the pandemic to last several months or longer, a Reuters poll showed, portending a big blow to an economy teetering on the edge of recession.

The spreading epidemic has hammered global stock markets and disrupted trade, supply chains and tourism, stoking fears of a global downturn and piling pressure on governments and central banks to deploy stimulus.

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