Japan's core machinery orders jumped 4.6 percent on-month in July, official figures showed, beating market forecasts despite tough times for the nation's manufacturers.
The rise in the private-sector data, which exclude volatile demand from power companies and for ships, marked the second straight monthly increase and was well above economists' expectations of a 1.4 percent rise.
Japan's machinery orders, which rose 5.6 percent in June, are seen as a leading indicator of corporate capital spending and are watched for movements that may reflect the outlook for the broader economy.
Japan's manufacturers and exporters have struggled amid a strong yen, turmoil in Europe and a slowdown in Asia.
On Monday, Japan revised down its economic growth figures for the April to June quarter, stoking fears over a recovery for the world's third-largest economy.
-- Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this report --