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 2, 2015

Firms forecast consumer prices to rise 1.4% over a year

Companies in Japan expect year-on-year inflation to hit 1.4 percent a year from now, the Bank of Japan said in a survey report Thursday. The estimate was unchanged from the previous survey three months ago, and cautious compared with the 2 percent increase the ...

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 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 ...

May 28, 2015

April retail sales disappoint as consumption tax weighs

Retail sales rose less than forecast in April, signaling a weak start to the second quarter for an economy that is still weighed down by last year’s sales-tax increase. Sales climbed 0.4 percent from March, when they dropped 1.8 percent, government data released Thursday ...

May 19, 2015

Real wages fell 3% in fiscal 2014; largest drop on record

Japan’s average monthly real wage plunged 3.0 percent in fiscal 2014, marking the largest fall on record and the fourth year of decline, as last year’s consumption tax hike took its toll, the labor ministry said Tuesday. However, in nominal terms the average monthly ...