Japan's machine tool orders plunged 80.4% year-on-year in April after falling 85.2% in March, Machine Tool Builders' Association said Tuesday.

Domestic orders dropped 77.5%, while foreign orders were down 82.6%.

On a monthly basis, orders were up 19.9% with 58.4% rise in orders from home. At the same time, external orders fell 2.5%.

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