Nov 27, 2014

U.S. consumer, business spending data point to slowing growth

U.S. consumer spending rose modestly in October and a key measure of business spending plans on equipment fell for a second straight month, suggesting some slowing in the pace of economic growth. Other data on Wednesday showed initial claims for jobless benefits broke above ...

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Aug 15, 2014

75% oppose second stage of sales tax hike

Three-quarters of the public is against the second stage of consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, after taking a heavy blow from the first stage in April, according to the latest survey. In a survey carried out by Jiji Press over four days ...

Mar 25, 2014

'Abenomics' after the tax hike

Uncertainties are deepening with regard to the course of Japan's economy after the three-percentage-point sales tax hike takes effect in April. Meanwhile, "Abenomics" appears to be losing steam.

Mar 11, 2014

No need to break the budget

Consumers would be wise to resist the urge to break their household budget with high-end purchases before the sales tax rises by three percentage points April 1. That's because manufacturers are likely to remain as keen as ever to keep their prices competitive after ...

Feb 19, 2014

Data highlights fragility of recovery

The uptick in Japanese consumer spending in the fourth quarter of 2013 should be regarded as a result of the rush to make purchases before the consumption tax rises from 5 to 8 percent, beginning in April, rather than as an optimistic sign of ...