TOKYO, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Housing starts in Japan rose 8.8
percent in August from a year earlier, government data showed on
Monday, compared to economists' median estimate for a 12.7
percent annual gain, as a buying rush ahead of a planned sales
tax hike next April boosted orders.
Orders received by 50 major construction companies in August
rose 21.4 percent from a year earlier, data by the Ministry of
Land, Infrastructure and Transport showed.
To view the full tables, click on the ministry's website