Japan's leading index increased to 76.6 in March from 74.5 in February, a report from the Economic and Social Research Institute showed Tuesday. Economists expected the indicator to come in at 77. The leading index showed a rise in March, after being on a declining trend since October last year.

Meanwhile, the coincident indicator declined to 84.9 in March from 85.2 in the preceding month. Economists were expecting the reading to be 85.8. The coincident index has been falling consecutively since August last year. The lagging index also decreased, to 88.7 in March from 90.3 in February, with the index being on a downward trend since April last year.

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