Producer prices in Japan were up 0.7 percent on year in April, the Bank of Japan said on Friday.
That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.9 percent, and was down from 0.8 percent in March.
On a monthly basis, producer prices dipped 0.2 percent after jumping 0.6 percent in the previous month.
Prices for advertising, insurance and engineering all were down, while prices were up for communications and leasing.
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