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     TOKYO (MNI) - The following are the median forecasts for the key Japanese
data due this next week provided by economists surveyed by MNI.
Date           JST/GMT                Data   Month   Median          Previous
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Thu, Mar 29  0850/2350        Retail Sales     Feb      1.4  % y/y        1.5
Fri, Mar 30  0830/2330      Tokyo Core CPI     Mar      0.9  % y/y        0.9
Fri, Mar 30  0830/2330   Unemployment Rate     Feb      2.6      %        2.4
Fri, Mar 30  0850/2350   Industrial Output     Feb      5.1  % m/m       -6.8
Preliminary Retail Sales
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                                         Change y/y %
Median Forecast                                   1.4
High Forecast                                     2.1
Low Forecast                                      1.2
Previous Month                                    1.5
Standard Deviation                                0.3
No. of Responses                                    9
                                         Change y/y %
Japan Research Institute                          2.1
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                  1.9
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                  1.8
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting            1.6
Hamagin Research Institute                        1.4
NLI Research Institute                            1.4
Nomura Securities                                 1.4
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                    1.3
Mizuho Research Institute                         1.2
Consumer Price Index (Excluding Fresh Food)
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                                              Tokyo % y/y
Median Forecast                                       0.9
High Forecast                                         1.0
Low Forecast                                          0.7
Previous Month                                        0.9
Standard Deviation                                    0.1
No. of Responses                                       12
                                              Tokyo % y/y
BNP Paribas                                           1.0
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                        1.0
Barclays Securities                                   0.9
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                      0.9
Hamagin Research Institute                            0.9
NLI Research Institute                                0.9
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                      0.9
Japan Research Institute                              0.8
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting                0.8
Mizuho Research Institute                             0.8
Nomura Securities                                     0.8
SMBC Nikko Securities                                 0.7
Unemployment Rate (Seasonally Adjusted)
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                                           %
Median Forecast                          2.6
High Forecast                            2.7
Low Forecast                             2.4
Previous Month                           2.4
Standard Deviation                       0.1
No. of Responses                          14
                                           %
Japan Research Institute                 2.7
Mizuho Research Institute                2.7
SMBC Nikko Securities                    2.7
Barclays Securities                      2.6
BNP Paribas                              2.6
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute         2.6
Hamagin Research Institute               2.6
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting   2.6
NLI Research Institute                   2.6
Nomura Securities                        2.6
Norinchukin Research Institute           2.6
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities           2.5
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management         2.5
Daiwa Institute of Research              2.4
Preliminary Industrial Production
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                                         Change m/m %
Median Forecast                                   5.1
High Forecast                                     7.5
Low Forecast                                      4.2
Previous Month                                   -6.8
Standard Deviation                                0.9
No. of Responses                                   14
                                         Change m/m %
SMBC Nikko Securities                             7.5
Nomura Securities                                 6.5
BNP Paribas                                       5.8
NLI Research Institute                            5.7
Mizuho Research Institute                         5.5
Daiwa Institute of Research                       5.3
Japan Research Institute                          5.1
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                  5.0
Hamagin Research Institute                        4.9
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                  4.7
Barclays Securities                               4.5
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting            4.5
Norinchukin Research Institute                    4.5
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                    4.2
--MNI Beijing Bureau; tel: +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: flora.guo@marketnews.com
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