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Japan’s economy likely made a moderate recovery in the second quarter as factory output rebounded strongly after China eased COVID-19 lockdown curbs in Shanghai, reducing supply disruptions that had rippled through regional manufacturing activity.

Output of cars, electronics parts and communications equipment led an 8.9% gain in industrial production in June from the previous month’s sharp drop, according to the trade and industry ministry Friday. That was more than double the gain forecast by economists.

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