Japan factory output rose 5.9 percent in April

By AFP

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM CDT

Japan's factory output rose 5.9 percent in April from the previous month, revised data has shown.

The government last month estimated that production rose 5.2 percent in April, the fastest monthly pace in more than half a century as output of electronic parts and chemicals picked up after a long slump.

The revised reading strengthened hopes that Asia's largest economy is emerging from its worst post-war recession.

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