Japan's demand for services slips in Feb.

13:13, April 20, 2010      

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Industrial activity in Japan's tertiary sector decreased in February, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said in a report Tuesday.

The indices of Tertiary Industry Activity -- a measure of demand for services -- eased 0.2 percent in February form a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted to 98.2.

The government report revealed that among industries contributing to the decline were a 5.2 percent fall from a month earlier in compound service and wholesale and retail trade was also down 3.1 percent in February.

Lifestyle services, such as those for health and entertainment, fell 1.3 percent in February from a month earlier, METI said.

Industries marking an upward trend in February, however, included transport and postal services which rose 0.7 percent from the previous month and those concerned with medical and other health services rose 0.6 percent.

The tertiary sector of the economy, also known as the service industry, is one of the three economic sectors, and is concerned with producing a service instead of just an end product. Although the sharing of information is generally put in the tertiary sector, some economists define a fourth sector, the quaternary sector.

The tertiary sector index is considered a close gauge of gross domestic product.



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