Trade balance swings to first surplus since 2012

Apr 22, 2015

Trade balance swings to first surplus since 2012

The nation’s exports exceeded imports in March for the first time in almost three years, providing support for an economy struggling with weak domestic spending. The trade surplus was ¥229.3 billion, the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday, soaring above a median estimate of ¥44.6 billion ...

Apr 8, 2015

Current account surplus sees healthy spurt

Japan’s current account posted its biggest surplus in over three years in February, as the anemic yen boosted income from abroad while a dip in global crude oil prices drove down imports, the government said Wednesday. The surplus stood at ¥1.44 trillion, the largest ...

Mar 9, 2015

Japan logs current account surplus for seventh month straight

Led by higher exports amid a weaker yen and lower oil imports, Japan logged a current account surplus for the seventh consecutive month in January, with the balance standing at ¥61.4 billion, ($509 million), the government said Monday in a preliminary report. The balance, ...

Dec 25, 2014

Services producer price index rose 3.6% in November

The services producer price index rose 3.6 percent in November from a year before, up for the 17th consecutive month, the Bank of Japan said Thursday. The index, previously called the tertiary or corporate services price index, stood at 102.9 against 100 for the ...

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Dec 17, 2014

Imports declined in November on plunging crude oil prices

Imports dropped 1.7 percent in November from the year before to ¥7.08 trillion, declining for the first time in three months as crude oil prices plunged across the globe, government data showed Wednesday. The balance in goods trade remained in the red for the ...

Dec 8, 2014

Current account posts surplus for fourth straight month

Japan posted a current account surplus of ¥833.4 billion in October, the fourth straight month of black ink as income from foreign investment soared to a record high and outweighed a huge trade deficit, the government said Monday. Exports surged 11.2 percent from a ...

Oct 27, 2014

Services producer price index rises 3.5%

The services producer price index rose 3.5 percent in September from a year before, up for the 15th consecutive month, the Bank of Japan said Monday. The index stood at 102.4, against 100 for the base year of 2010, the BOJ said in a ...

Jobless rate rises to 3.8% on July surge in job-seekers

Aug 29, 2014

Jobless rate rises to 3.8% on July surge in job-seekers

The unemployment rate rose to 3.8 percent in July from 3.7 percent in June as more people began looking for jobs to tap an apparent upturn in the economy, the government said Friday. The unemployment rate for women rose 0.2 point from June to ...

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Aug 14, 2014

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Core private-sector machinery orders fell at the fastest pace in more than five years in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, underscoring corporate reluctance to boost investment after the April 1 consumption tax hike. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tax hike sent tertiary index tumbling at record pace in April-June

The tertiary industry activity index for the April-June quarter tumbled at its fastest pace since comparable data became available in 1988 because of the consumption tax hike, according to government data released Monday. The index fell 3.8 percent from the previous quarter to 97.9 ...

Aug 11, 2014

Japan's M3 money supply rose 2.4% in July

Japan’s M3 money supply increased 2.4 percent in July from a year before, after rising 2.5 percent rise the month before, the Bank of Japan said in a preliminary report Monday. The pace of growth slowed for the sixth straight month due to an ...