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Japan Capital Spending Falls in Challenge for Abe’s Campaign

Japanese companies’ capital spending fell 5.2 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, underscoring the challenge the government faces in sustaining momentum in the world’s third-biggest economy.

The decline in spending excluding software compared with a 7.2 percent slide in the previous quarter, a Ministry of Finance report showed in Tokyo today. The median forecast of six economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for a 5.5 percent decrease. Investment fell 0.9 percent from the prior quarter, according to the report.