February 14, 2020 / 12:58 AM / 10 days ago

Japan's fourth-quarter GDP likely weaker than in third quarter: economy minister

FILE PHOTO - Japan's Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s gross domestic product in October-December was likely weaker than in the previous quarter due to the impact of the sales tax hike and a typhoon, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday.

Nishimura, speaking to reporters, also said Japan’s economy was expected to pick up but the coronavirus outbreak could pose a risk to growth.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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