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Japan's electronic parts makers enjoy record orders

April-June quarter shows brisk results from fast-growing auto components sector

Parts maker Murata Manufacturing is stepping up production at factories including this one in Fukui Prefecture.

TOKYO -- The combined total of orders received by Japan's six largest electronic component makers grew 13% on the year to an all-time-high 1.54 trillion yen ($13.9 billion) in the April-June period, as weaker demand for iPhone parts was more than offset by sharp growth in automotive demand.

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