Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

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Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan’s lost decades: raising prices. From beef bowl chain Matsuya Foods Co. to supermarket and convenience store operator Seven & I Holdings Co., ...

Jun 10, 2015

April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday. The figures suggest a rise in corporate investment against a background of economic recovery. The value of ...

Jun 10, 2015

BOJ policymaker foresees more difficulty in monetary easing policy

A Bank of Japan policymaker said Wednesday it appears to be becoming more difficult for the central bank to implement its large-scale monetary easing, citing the limited effects of additional easing steps introduced last October. “The market’s outlook on economic activity and prices has ...

Jun 9, 2015

Japan consumer confidence fell in May for second straight month

Consumer confidence worsened in May for the second straight month amid rising prices of goods such as food, data showed Tuesday, prompting the government to downgrade its assessment. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people fell ...

GDP revised to annualized 3.9% on surge in capital spending

Jun 8, 2015

GDP revised to annualized 3.9% on surge in capital spending

The economy grew much faster than estimated in the first quarter, bolstering views that Japan is recovering from the first stage of the consumption tax hike last year that caused a brief recession, the government said Monday. In a revision, the Cabinet Office said ...

Jun 3, 2015

OECD cuts global economic outlook amid subdued investment

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Wednesday slashed its economic outlook for the global economy, citing subdued investment amid doubts over the prospects for stronger growth. It also downgraded expectations for GDP growth in Japan. The OECD now expects the world economy ...