Wholesale prices fell 3.1% in January

Feb 10, 2016

Wholesale prices fell 3.1% in January

Japan’s wholesale prices dropped 3.1 percent in January from a year earlier for the 10th straight month of decline, with a slowing Chinese economy and oversupply concerns leading to lower crude oil and other commodity prices, the Bank of Japan said Wednesday. The index ...

Japan's 'quiet property bubble' faces end as transactions slide

Jan 29, 2016

Japan's 'quiet property bubble' faces end as transactions slide

The number of property transactions in the nation has tumbled, rents have been muted and inflation expectations have waned — all of which has prompted a growing number of analysts and economists to turn bearish on property prices, which have been recovering since Prime ...

Sep 4, 2015

Japanese wages post 0.6% rise, steepest in a decade

Regular wages increased in July by the most in nearly 10 years, aiding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reflate the world’s third-biggest economy. Base pay climbed 0.6 percent from a year earlier, the biggest increase since November 2005, the labor ministry said on ...

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 ...

Don Quijote to add more family-style 'Mega' stores

Aug 5, 2015

Don Quijote to add more family-style 'Mega' stores

Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to open a series of large general merchandise stores with enhanced lineups of food products and consumable goods, said Koji Ohara, president and chief executive officer of the discount store operator, in a target shift to draw more business ...

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. ...

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 ...