Flat inflation, fall in household spending a blow to 'Abenomics'

Aug 28, 2015

Flat inflation, fall in household spending a blow to 'Abenomics'

Inflation fell back to zero in July while household spending dropped again, official data showed Friday, with the disappointing numbers sure to stoke speculation that the central bank will unleash more stimulus. Core inflation, excluding volatile fresh food prices, was flat year-on-year, the internal ...

Aug 24, 2015

Abe defends BOJ after failure to achieve 2% inflation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday defended the Bank of Japan after it failed to meet its goal of achieving 2 percent inflation in the country in April 2015. “It was unavoidable to fail to achieve the goal amid plunging crude oil prices,” Abe ...

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

Aug 20, 2015

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

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China’s devaluation of the yuan exposes an undefended flank in the Bank of Japan’s efforts to jolt its flagging economy out of decades of deflation, which rely heavily on a solid pick-up in overseas demand. A growing number of Japan’s central bankers are privately ...

BOJ refrains from adding stimulus as Kuroda bets on rebound

Aug 7, 2015

BOJ refrains from adding stimulus as Kuroda bets on rebound

The Bank of Japan refrained Friday from expanding monetary stimulus as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda bets the world’s third-biggest economy will emerge from a recent soft patch and inflation will pick up. The central bank will keep increasing the monetary base at an annual pace ...

Spending slips as consumer prices inch up

Jul 31, 2015

Spending slips as consumer prices inch up

Consumer price gains in Japan remained little more than zero in June while household spending dropped, challenging the central bank’s effort to spur inflation. Consumer prices excluding fresh food rose 0.1 percent from a year earlier, fractionally better than economists estimated. The same measure ...

Jul 29, 2015

Retail sales fall for first time in three months

Retail sales nationwide declined for the first time in three months in June, sapping an economy that analysts say struggled last quarter amid sluggish exports and production. Sales slid 0.8 percent from May, when they gained 1.7 percent, government data released on Wednesday show. ...