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Japan’s deflation continues as prices fall

further evidence that the government is struggling to combat the deflation that is undermining economic recovery

The core consumer price index fell by 0.6% compared with a year earlier, official figures showed.

This was a slight improvement on the 1.1% price falls seen in September.

Deflation is particularly damaging to economic growth as consumers delay purchases until prices fall further.

The improvement from September does not reflect any improvement in consumer demand, analysts said.

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