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ASIA

Coming up in the Asia-Pac session on Monday:

     TOKYO (MNI) - The following are the median forecasts for the key Japanese
data due in this week provided by economists surveyed by MNI.
Date          JST/GMT                 Data   Month   Median          Previous
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Fri, Mar 9  0830/2330   Household Spending     Jan     -1.2  % y/y       -0.1
Real Spending (Households With Two Or More People)
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                                                    Change y/y %
Median Forecast                                             -1.2
High Forecast                                                0.5
Low Forecast                                                -2.5
Previous Month                                              -0.1
Standard Deviation                                           0.9
No. of Responses                                              14
                                                    Change y/y %
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                               0.5
SMBC Nikko Securities                                        0.4
NLI Research Institute                                      -0.2
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                            -0.6
Norinchukin Research Institute                              -0.9
Barclays Securities                                         -1.1
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                            -1.2
Hamagin Research Institute                                  -1.2
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting                      -1.3
Japan Research Institute                                    -1.4
BNP Paribas                                                 -1.9
Mizuho Research Institute                                   -2.0
Daiwa Institute of Research                                 -2.1
Nomura Securities                                           -2.5
--MNI Beijing Bureau; tel: +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: beijing@mni-news.com
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