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Japan's economy shows recovery signs in boost for Abe

Japan's economy, the third largest in the world, has expanded at its quickest pace in a year, showing signs of an economic recovery.

Gross domestic product grew 0.9% in the three months to March compared to the previous quarter, indicating an annualised rate of 3.5%.

Japan grew at a rate of 1% at the end of 2012 as it emerged from a recession.

Analysts said it was a good report card for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive stimulus measures.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

  • 16 May 2013
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