Service sector output in Japan fell a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent on month in February, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday, posting an index score of 105.6.

That came in slightly lower than analyst expectations for a 0.7 percent monthly decline following the 0.4 percent gain in January, the revised 1.6 percent decline on month in December and the 1.1 percent fall in November.

The decline was led by a 7.3 percent monthly fall in the learning support sector, which includes supplementary tutorial schools.

Also finishing lower were wholesale and retail trade (4.2 percent), restaurants and accommodations (2.3 percent), transportation (1.3 percent), real estate (1.1 percent) and communications (0.1 percent).

Finishing higher were gas and electricity (0.3 percent), professional services (0.4 percent), finance and insurance (0.6 percent), compound services (0.8 percent) and health care (1.3 percent).

The services sector employs more than half of Japan's workforce. Spending on services such as retailing, dining and travel is closely tied to changes in income and consumer confidence.

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