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2014-11-17 Mon 16:01
Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy.
Gross domestic product (GDP) fell at annualised 1.6% from July to September, compared to forecasts of a 2.1% rise.
That followed a revised 7.3% contraction in the second quarter, which was the biggest fall since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Economists said the weak economic data would likely delay a sales tax rise.