Consumer spending falls in Japan

JAPAN - Japanese households spent less in September in spite of falling prices and government attempts to boost consumer spending, official figures show.

The figures, which show declines for both September and the third quarter of the year, are another knock for government strategy to regenerate the economy.

The cabinet is widely expected to cut its overall growth forecast for the economy later this week.

The Bank of Japan has already downgraded its forecast, acknowledging the economy will shrink

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