TOKYO, Oct 11 (Reuters) Japan's core private-sector machinery orders, a key gauge of corporate capital spending, fell 7.7 percent in August from the previous month, government data showed on Thursday.
That compared with economists' consensus forecast for a 6.0 percent decline, following a 17.0 percent jump in July, the Cabinet Office said.
Compared with a year earlier, core orders, which exclude those for ships and machinery at electric power firms, fell 2.6 percent.
The Cabinet Office had said core orders, a highly volatile series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, were expected to rise 3.7 percent in July-September from the previous quarter.
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