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Japan's construction machinery shipments rise for 13th month

Foreign demand lifts exports by 58% in November

TOKYO -- Japan's shipments of construction machinery increased year on year for the 13th straight month in November, jumping 26.6% on strong foreign demand fueled by building booms worldwide.

Exports soared 57.9% to 141.7 billion yen ($1.25 billion) for the 13th consecutive month of year-on-year gains, the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association said Wednesday. Demand spiked 76.7% for hydraulic excavators and 11.4% for mini-excavators.

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