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Japanese Small Business Sentiment Weakens

4/25/2012 1:15 AM ET

Japan's small business confidence declined in April, survey data from Shoko Chukin Bank showed Wednesday.

Small business sentiment came in at 47.6 in April, down from 48.7 a month ago. The index is forecast to drop further to 46.3 in May.

Confidence among manufacturers dipped to 45.8 from 48.7 in March. On the other hand, sentiment among non-manufacturers rose to 49.1 from 48.7.

by RTT Staff Writer

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