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Machinery orders to jump as Japan seeks to meet labor shortage

July-September sees first rise in three quarters: Cabinet Office

A robot producing ice cream bars at a factory in Osaka, Japan.

TOKYO -- Japan's core private-sector machinery orders are expected to rise for the first time in three quarters, the government announced on Thursday.

Private-sector machinery orders, excluding volatile orders for ships and from electric power companies, are estimated to increase 7.0% for the July-September period on the previous quarter, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

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