Japan Feb coincident indicator index up 0.4 point

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 TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) - Japan's index of coincident economic indicators rose a
preliminary 0.4 point in February from January, the Cabinet Office said on Wednesday, helped by
a moderate economic recovery for the month, but deterioration is expected ahead due to a
devastating earthquake and tsunami last month and a prolonged nuclear crisis.	
 The government said the coincident index suggested the economy was improving. Previously,
the government said the index indicated the economy was at a standstill but showed signs of
improvement.	
 The index of leading economic indicators, compiled using data such as the number of job
offers and consumer sentiment and a gauge of the economy a few months ahead, rose 2.7 points
from January.	
 Details were as follows:	
 (month-on-month changes in points)	
 	
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                   FEB        JAN         DEC	
 Leading Index       +2.7       +1.3        +0.6	
 Coincident Index    +0.4       +2.4        +1.2	
 Lagging Index       +2.3       -0.3        +0.5	
 	
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 To view full tables, click on the Cabinet Office's website at	
 http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/en/stat/di/di-e.html	
	
 (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edmund Klamann)	
 	
 

Japan Feb coincident indicator index up 0.4 point