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Jul 13, 2015

Japan industrial output fell to 2.1% in May

Japan’s industrial output fell a seasonally adjusted 2.1 percent in May from the previous month, revised upward slightly from a preliminary 2.2 percent decrease, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday. The index of output at factories and mines stood at 97.2 ...

Greek lawmakers back bailout reform plan

Jul 11, 2015

Greek lawmakers back bailout reform plan

Greece’s parliament backed the government’s reform plan to win a third bailout early Saturday, but with the government suffering significant losses from lawmakers dissenting over the plan’s austerity measures. The motion, which sought to authorize the government to use the proposal as a basis ...

Jul 10, 2015

June consumer confidence rises for first time in three months

Consumer confidence improved slightly in June, rising for the first time in three months amid higher share prices and improving employment conditions, the government said Friday. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households made up of two or more people increased 0.3 point ...

Jul 10, 2015

Local tax revenue up for fifth year

Total tax revenue at the local level rose 4.8 percent in fiscal 2014 from the previous year to ¥38.42 trillion, up for the fifth consecutive year, the internal affairs ministry said in a preliminary report. The growth in the year ended in March reflected ...

Jul 10, 2015

Beer shipments hit record low in first half

Beer and quasi-beer shipments in the January-June period fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier to 195.8 million cases, the worst level ever for a first half, data from five major brewers showed Friday. First-half shipments hit a record low for the third consecutive ...

Jul 10, 2015

IMF cuts 2015 growth projection for world, Japan

The International Monetary Fund slashed its 2015 growth projections on Thursday for the world due to a setback for the U.S. economy as well as Japan, citing continuously weak consumption. The global economy is expected to expand 3.3 percent this year in terms of ...

Jul 9, 2015

Core machinery orders rise in May for third month running

Core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in May from the previous month for the third consecutive monthly gain, led by strong demand from the manufacturing sector, the government said Thursday. The value of orders, widely regarded as a leading indicator ...