Growth in Japan’s industry activity, which combines construction, agriculture, the public sector and industrial output, fell 0.2 percent in October on a monthly basis -- for the first time in four months -- in line with analysts’ expectations and down from a rise of 0.5 percent (upwardly revised) in September, data from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Thursday.
On a year-on-year basis, the all industry activity index rose 1.9 percent in October, compared to an increase of 2.3 percent in September.
Tertiary industry activity contracted 0.7 percent month-on-month in October, compared to a flat reading in September.
Industrial production rose 1 percent in October after a 1.3 percent increase in September. Meanwhile, growth in construction output increased to 1.7 percent, compared to a 1.3 percent increase in the previous month. The indices of government services gained 0.4 percent.