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Japan Flash PMIs (Jul. 2021)

Today’s flash PMI suggests that the services sector was hit by Tokyo’s state of emergency but we still expect activity to recover towards the end of this quarter.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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