Mar 11, 2016

Japan big firms' business sentiment slumps in first quarter

Business sentiment among major Japanese companies in January-March turned negative for the first time in three quarters, affected by stock price falls and the yen’s rise earlier this year, a quarterly government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ...

Japan's October-December business investment up 8.5%, but outlook dim

Mar 1, 2016

Japan's October-December business investment up 8.5%, but outlook dim

Capital spending by Japanese firms climbed 8.5 percent in the October-December period from a year earlier, the government said Tuesday, but a decline in corporate profits and an uncertain global economy may dampen business investment in the future. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors ...

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Dec 14, 2015

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Confidence in the economy among large manufacturers unexpectedly held up in the past few months, suggesting record corporate profits are compensating for uncertainty about the effects of an expected U.S. rate increase and the slowdown in China. The tankan index of business sentiment was ...

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Sep 11, 2015

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Business sentiment for major companies turned positive for the first time in two quarters in July-September, thanks primarily to a recovery by manufacturers such as automakers, a government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ¥1 billion or more ...

Aug 6, 2015

Japan business sentiment up for first time in four months

Business sentiment in Japan rose for the first time in four months in July thanks to hefty consumption by overseas visitors, according to a Teikoku Databank Ltd. survey. The business sentiment diffusion index stood at 45.4, up 0.7 points from the previous month, the ...

Most major firms expect to see economy grow by year-end

Aug 17, 2014

Most major firms expect to see economy grow by year-end

A domestic survey of 106 major companies has found that 100 expect the economy to expand toward year-end, and that 76 do not oppose the government’s plan to complete the doubling of the sales tax to 10 percent in 2015, a poll says. Although ...

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 ...