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Japan returns to growth as spending picks up

Q2 GDP lifted by rising wages but U.S.-China tensions weigh on outlook

Household spending helped Japan's economy return to growth in the second quarter.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's economy returned to growth in the April-June quarter after having contracted in the first three months of the year, thanks to a rebound in household spending and an increase in corporate investment.

But the escalating U.S.-China trade war casts a shadow over what could be a fragile recovery, analysts said.

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