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Business sentiment among workers with jobs sensitive to economic trends topped the boom-or-bust line in October for the first time in nearly three years as the country gradually recovers from the initial economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Tuesday.

The diffusion index of confidence among “economy watchers,” such as taxi drivers and restaurant staff, in their current conditions compared with three months ago rose 5.2 points from September to 54.5, the first reading over 50 since the 50.1 seen in January 2018, according to the Cabinet Office.

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