Apr 25, 2016

Revision pushes coincident CI up for February

The Cabinet Office said Monday it has revised up the composite index of coincident economic indicators for February. The coincident CI, which reflects current economic conditions, now stands at 110.7 against 100 for the base year of 2010, up from 110.3 in the preliminary ...

Apr 13, 2016

Wholesale prices fell 3.8% in March

Wholesale prices dropped 3.8 percent in March from a year earlier for the 12th straight month of decline, Bank of Japan data showed Wednesday. The falls came amid persistently low prices for crude oil and other commodities. The index of corporate goods prices stood ...

Apr 6, 2016

Composite economic index down in February

The composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in February, the government said Wednesday. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail sales and new job offers, declined 3.2 points from the previous month to 110.3 ...

Apr 5, 2016

Real wages rise in February; up for first time in four months

Real wages rose for the first time in four months in February as base pay and other scheduled wages hit a more than 10-year high, the government said Tuesday. Average inflation-adjusted wages gained 0.4 percent from a year earlier, while nominal wages rose 0.9 ...

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 ...

Mar 15, 2016

Japan's industrial production up 3.7% in January

Industrial production in Japan rose 3.7 percent in January from the previous month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a revised report Tuesday, unchanged from a preliminary reading. The seasonally adjusted production index for the manufacturing and mining sectors stood at ...

Mar 14, 2016

Japan's January core machinery orders up 15% on month

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders jumped a seasonally adjusted 15 percent in January from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, led by large orders from the steel industry, the government said Monday. The orders, widely regarded as a leading indicator of ...

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 ...