Japan's tertiary industry activity declined at a faster-than-expected rate in October, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Monday.
Tertiary industry activity decreased 4.6 percent month-on-month in October. Economists had forecast a 3.6 percent fall.
Data showed that the broad-ranging personal services fell 4.5 percent in October, and broad-ranging business services dropped 4.0 percent.
Among components, retail sales declined the most, by 16.0 percent in October.
On a yearly basis, tertiary activity decreased 2.3 percent in October.