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Japan’s Industrial Output Up In November

Index of output at Japan’s factories and mines rose in November to a seasonally adjusted 2.2 percent from the previous month.

TOKYO, Jan. 18 (Kyodo) -- Japan's industrial production in November rose a seasonally adjusted 2.2 percent from the previous month, revised lower from an earlier reported 2.6 percent increase on weakness in the chemical and other industries, government data showed Monday.

The index of output at factories and mines stood at 88.0 against the base of 100 for 2005, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. The figure compares with 88.3 in a preliminary report released Dec. 28.

Production in the chemical sector expanded a revised 0.2 percent, cut from a 2.7 percent rise. The ministry attributed the sharp downgrade to numbers related to the output of medical products, which were not available when the preliminary report was publicized.

Among other sectors subject to downward revisions were the textile industry, down 0.4 percent against an earlier 0.6 percent growth, and precision machinery makers, up 3.4 percent against a 3.5 percent increase.

Carmakers and other transport equipment makers saw their production expand by 6.2 percent, revised upward from a 5.9 percent rise.