GDP revised upward to 0.7% for April-June quarter

Sep 8, 2016

GDP revised upward to 0.7% for April-June quarter

Japan’s economy expanded at a better-than-estimated 0.7 percent annualized pace in the April-June quarter, according to revised data showing private demand was stronger than earlier reported. An earlier estimate put annualized growth in the quarter at 0.2 percent. The economy grew at a 2.1 ...

Aug 30, 2016

Household spending, unemployment fall in July

Household spending fell for a fifth straight month and retail sales also dropped, underscoring the weakness in domestic demand. The jobless rate was the lowest since 1995. Household spending fell 0.5 percent in July from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday. ...

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

Aug 25, 2016

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

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Three years of Abenomics, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold stimulus program, has failed to dislodge a deflationary mindset among businesses and consumers. As the world’s third-largest economy falters again — with a stronger yen gnawing at overseas profits and domestic consumption sapping companies’ confidence ...

Aug 19, 2016

Japan manufacturers' mood at lowest since 2013: poll

Japanese manufacturers’ mood soured in August to its lowest since 2013, when the central bank embarked on aggressive monetary easing, a poll has shown, reflecting the pain caused by a rising yen and highlighting the huge task facing policymakers to generate growth. The Reuters ...

May 30, 2016

Japan's retail sales stall as Abe mulls delay to tax hike

The nation’s retail sales growth stalled, underscoring weakness in private consumption and increasing the likelihood that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a sales-tax increase planned for next year. Sales were unchanged in April from the previous month, a government report showed Monday. The ...

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 ...