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Japan consumer prices up a tad in July

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  • Japan reports that consumer price indexes rose in July as fuel costs climbed.

      Japan reports that consumer price indexes rose in July as fuel costs climbed.
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Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan's government says consumer prices unexpectedly rose in July from a year earlier as fuel costs climbed.

The nation's core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, edged up 0.1 percent, the government said Friday. Economists had predicted a small decline.

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But July's rise is likely to be temporary, meaning Japan has yet to overcome deflation. Preliminary CPI for the Tokyo area -- considered an indicator of broader price trends for the country -- fell 0.2 percent in August.

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