Jun 22, 2014

BOJ 'tankan' to show downturn in biz sentiment

Private think tanks expect the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” quarterly survey to June will show a deterioration in business sentiment among large manufacturers for the first time in six quarters. Among 16 think tanks, the average estimate on the headline diffusion index for large ...

Sentiment up but outlook turns sour

Apr 1, 2014

Sentiment up but outlook turns sour

Business confidence among large manufacturers rose in March from three months earlier for the fifth straight quarterly improvement, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday in its “tankan” report, but many companies were wary about prospects amid fear of weakening demand after the consumption tax ...

Jun 12, 2013

Big firms' sentiment soaring, before dive

Business sentiment at large companies in the second quarter sharply improved from the previous three months, as the yen’s slide triggered hopes of an export rebound and boosted stock prices, a government survey showed Tuesday. The index, covering firms capitalized at ¥1 billion or ...

Jun 4, 2013

Business investment off 3.9% in quarter amid wariness

Capital spending by companies dropped 3.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as companies remained wary of the economic outlook despite the weaker yen and budding hopes for a recovery in exports, the government said Monday. Business investment by all nonfinancial ...

Large firms upbeat but outlay-wary

Mar 13, 2013

Large firms upbeat but outlay-wary

Business sentiment at large companies improved in the first quarter of 2013 thanks to a weaker yen and higher stock prices, but most remain wary of increasing capital expenditures, the government said Tuesday. The confidence index covering firms capitalized at ¥1 billion or more ...