Mar 22, 2016

Supermarket sales rise for second straight month

Supermarket sales increased 3.4 percent in February from a year earlier on a same-store basis, an industry body said Tuesday. It was the second straight month of gain. Food sales rose 5.2 percent, aided by the growing popularity of prepared foods. Sales of household ...

Market for high-end everyday items seen growing in Japan

Mar 15, 2016

Market for high-end everyday items seen growing in Japan

The market for toothpastes, shampoos and other items for daily use is expanding, reflecting increased demand for high-end products and purchases for personal, rather than family, use. Sales of toothpaste totaled ¥113.6 billion in 2014, up about 10 percent from the previous year, according ...

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Mar 9, 2016

Consumer confidence, sentiment weaken in February

Consumer confidence worsened in February amid a decline in the country’s corporate performance and China’s economic slowdown, the Cabinet Office said, downgrading its assessment of the index for the second consecutive month. Another survey, also released by the office on Tuesday, showed business confidence ...

Japan's household spending falls for fifth straight month in January

Mar 1, 2016

Japan's household spending falls for fifth straight month in January

Household spending dropped for the fifth straight month in January, falling an inflation-adjusted 3.1 percent from a year earlier due to unusually warm weather, the government said Tuesday. Average monthly household spending in January totaled ¥280,973, according to data released by the Internal Affairs ...

Nov 4, 2015

Consumer confidence rises in October amid cheaper gasoline

Consumer confidence improved in October on the back of lower gasoline prices and more job offers, following a decline the previous month. The seasonally adjusted index of sentiment among households of two or more people was up 0.9 points from the previous month at ...

Oct 13, 2015

Government considers multiple levels in 2017 consumption tax hike

The government is considering introducing a reduced tax rate for some products to ease the burden when it raises the consumption tax rate by 2 percentage points to 10 percent in April 2017, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. “It is extremely natural ...

Aug 25, 2015

White goods shipments rose in July for third straight month

White goods shipments in Japan rose 7.1 percent in July from a year earlier to ¥242.2 billion, up for the third month in a row, an industry group said Tuesday. The shipments, which include air conditioners, held firm thanks to higher temperatures in Japan ...

Domestic firms concerned about slumping consumption

Aug 18, 2015

Domestic firms concerned about slumping consumption

Domestic companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the slump in private consumption that was confirmed in weak April-June gross domestic product data, although corporate earnings in the period turned out to be strong thanks to the yen’s depreciation and falling crude oil prices. The ...

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 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 ...

Jun 14, 2015

Consumer groups question Japan's new food labeling system

Consumer groups have raised questions about Japan’s new food labeling system, which allows companies to tout products’ health benefits without any proof. More than 200 applications for indicating health functions under the labeling system had been filed by Friday. The Consumer Affairs Agency has ...