Average cash earnings in Japan edged higher for the second consecutive month in July, data from the cabinet ministry showed on Monday. Gross cash earnings grew at a pace of 1.40% in July on a yearly basis, beating estimates of a 0.40% increase. Contractual earnings were seen rising 0.30% on the year after staying flat in June. In a separate report, Japan's services sector activity deteriorated in August. The services PMI fell to 49.6, down from July's 50.40 and indicating contraction in the sector.