Producer prices in Japan were flat for the month of January, the Bank of Japan said on Friday.
That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.3 percent and down from the upwardly revised 0.7 percent gain in December (originally 0.5 percent).
On a yearly basis, producer prices jumped 9.5 percent - again missing forecasts for 9.6 percent following the upwardly revised 10.5 percent spike in the previous month (originally 10.2 percent).
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Export prices were up 0.1 percent on the month and 1.1 percent on the year, the central bank said, while import prices fell 1.2 percent on the month and climbed 7.2 percent on the year.