Japan economic data mixed, Nikkei slides on U.S. government shutdown worries

|By:, SA News Editor

Japan September PMI: 52.5 versus 52.2 previous. September's expansion was the fastest since January of 2011 and marks the seventh consecutive month the index has printed above 50.

Japan August factory output: -0.7% versus -0.4% expected.

Japan August retail sales: +1.1% versus -0.3% previous.

The Nikkei is off by 2% as fears of an imminent government shutdown in the U.S. and the lower-than-anticipated read on factory activity weigh on sentiment.

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