TOKYO, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Monday that the country's industrial production fell 0.7 percent in August from the previous month for the first decline in two months.
The ministry contributed the reason to sluggish domestic demand, while maintaining its basic assessment of production in the preliminary report that it has shown "signs of picking up at a moderate pace."
The data of output at factories and mines stood at 97.2 against the base of 100 for 2010.
By sector, production by general machinery makers dropped 2.4 percent due to decrease in output of reaction vessels used at chemical plants and steam turbines used by power utilities.
The output of transport equipment makers also declined 0.9 percent.
The index of industrial shipments rose by 0.4 percent to 96.0 while that of inventories was down 0.1 percent to 108.6.