Japan's exports post seventh monthly decline on stronger yen

May 23, 2016

Japan's exports post seventh monthly decline on stronger yen

Exports fell for the seventh consecutive month in April as the yen strengthened, underscoring the growing challenges to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive economic growth. Overseas shipments declined 10.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Monday. The ...

May 23, 2016

Cabinet Office slightly revises economic index numbers

The composite index of coincident economic indicators rose 0.4 points in March from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said in a revised report Monday. Previously, the government agency said the coincident index, which reflects current economic conditions, gained 0.5 points. The index now ...

May 19, 2016

Monthly machinery orders rise 5.5% in sign of higher business investment

The nation’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent in March from the previous month, following a 9.2 percent decline in February, the government said Thursday. The orders, widely viewed as a leading indicator of future capital spending, totaled ¥895.1 billion, ...

May 6, 2016

Japan's monetary base rose 2.8% in April

The nation’s monetary base stood at ¥386.19 trillion at the end of April, up 2.8 percent from a month earlier, the Bank of Japan said Friday. It was a record high for the fifth straight month for the monetary base, or the combined balance ...

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 ...