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Chinese construction throttles down, Komatsu data shows

Equipment operating time falls 30% as coronavirus delays projects

Average monthly operating time for Komatsu equipment fell to just 32 hours per unit in February.

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturer Komatsu reports a nearly 30% decline in use of its construction equipment in China last month, another sign that Chinese industry is slow to recover from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Average monthly operating time per unit sank to 32 hours in February, down from 44.9 hours a year earlier, data from the company's Komtrax remote monitoring system shows.

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