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Japan's coincident index rises 1.8 points in July

TOKYO, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Japan’s coincident indicator index rose in July, showing some signs of improvement in the economy despite a surge in coronavirus infections during the month.

The index of coincident economic indicators, which consists of a range of data including factory output, employment and retail sales data, advanced a preliminary 1.8 points from the previous month to 76.2 in July, the Cabinet Office said on Monday.

The index for leading economic indicators, which is a gauge of the economy a few months ahead and is compiled using data such as job offers and consumer sentiment, gained 3.1 points to 86.9 from June.

Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by Daniel Leussink Editing by Chang-Ran Kim