Spending slips as consumer prices inch up

Jul 31, 2015

Spending slips as consumer prices inch up

Consumer price gains in Japan remained little more than zero in June while household spending dropped, challenging the central bank’s effort to spur inflation. Consumer prices excluding fresh food rose 0.1 percent from a year earlier, fractionally better than economists estimated. The same measure ...

Jul 29, 2015

Retail sales fall for first time in three months

Retail sales nationwide declined for the first time in three months in June, sapping an economy that analysts say struggled last quarter amid sluggish exports and production. Sales slid 0.8 percent from May, when they gained 1.7 percent, government data released on Wednesday show. ...

Jul 27, 2015

June services producer prices rise 0.4%

Japan’s services producer prices rose 0.4 percent in June from a year before — up for the 24th consecutive month, the central bank said Monday. The services producer price index, which measures the costs of services to corporate clients, stood at 102.9, against 100 ...

Jul 27, 2015

Japan's economy shrank last quarter, top forecaster says

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The Japanese economy likely contracted last quarter, dragged down by weak consumer spending and a slump in exports, according to a top forecaster. The world’s third-biggest economy may have shrank as much as an annualized 2.5 percent, said Yoshiki Shinke of Dai-ichi Life Research ...

Bank of Japan maintains record stimulus, trims inflation outlook

Jul 15, 2015

Bank of Japan maintains record stimulus, trims inflation outlook

The Bank of Japan’s unprecedented monetary stimulus can drive inflation to its 2 percent target, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said as the bank left its policy unchanged and trimmed its price outlook. A slowdown in Japan’s economy is unlikely to continue this quarter while inflation ...

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 ...

Jul 2, 2015

BOJ must achieve 2% inflation target, new board member Funo says

The Bank of Japan’s newest board member Yukitoshi Funo said the central bank must achieve its price target, indicating his support for Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. “The 2 percent inflation target must be met” Funo, a former executive of Toyota Motor Corp., said in his ...

Jul 2, 2015

Firms forecast consumer prices to rise 1.4% over a year

Companies in Japan expect year-on-year inflation to hit 1.4 percent a year from now, the Bank of Japan said in a survey report Thursday. The estimate was unchanged from the previous survey three months ago, and cautious compared with the 2 percent increase the ...

Jul 1, 2015

Tankan shows unexpected improvement in manufacturer confidence

Sentiment among large manufacturers improved for the first time in three quarters in June, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday, in a positive sign that runs counter to indications of a slowing economic recovery. The Tankan big manufacturer index rose to 15 from ...

Jul 1, 2015

Land prices rise in 10 prefectures, but overall trend is down

Land prices in Japan rose in 10 prefectures over the year to Jan. 1, the National Tax Agency said in an annual report released Wednesday. In the previous year of measurement, prices rose in eight prefectures. But nationwide prices declined an average 0.4 percent ...