Japan December Manufacturing PMI 55.2

An index measuring industrial activity in Japan came in with a score of 55.2 in December, the latest PMI from Nomura and JMMA revealed on Friday - expanding for the 10th straight month.

That's up from 55.1 in November and marks the highest level since July 2006.

A score above 50 means expansion in a sector and a score below 50 is contraction.

Among the individual components of the survey, the employment index rose to 52.8 from 50.9 in November for the highest reading since June 2007.

The index for work backlogs climbed to 55.9 from 55.6, while the index for new export orders fell to 55.7 from 57.2 in November.

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