Capital spending by Japan firms gains 9.8% in July-Sept

Capital spending by Japanese companies jumped 9.8 percent in the July-September period from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Thursday.

Investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes such as building factories and adding equipment totaled 12.0 trillion yen ($87 billion).

Pretax profits rose 18.3 percent to 19.81 trillion yen in the quarter.

The data will be reflected in revised gross domestic product data for July-September, to be released by the Cabinet Office on Dec. 8.

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