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The Independent Online
THE NIKKEI 225 put on a last-minute spurt to close up 87.03 points at 16,562.92, supported by futures-related buying and gains in small-cap stocks.

Hopes that the government may implement some form of supplementary budget and a slightly more positive outlook for the economy in a report by the Economic Planning Agency gave a floor to the market. In its monthly report, the Economic Planning Agency said the long decline in the Japanese economy had halted.

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