Jun 10, 2015

April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday. The figures suggest a rise in corporate investment against a background of economic recovery. The value of ...

May 18, 2015

March machinery orders rise in Japan, but firms remain cautious

The nation’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 2.9 percent in March from the previous month, the government said Monday, reflecting a moderate recovery in corporate investment, though the outlook suggests companies remain cautious about spending. The private-sector orders in March, excluding ...

Mar 11, 2015

Core machinery orders incur first fall in three months

Seasonally adjusted core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January from the previous month, the first decline in three months, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday. Private-sector orders, excluding those for ships and power equipment, closely watched as a leading indicator of corporate capital spending ...

Feb 12, 2015

Core machinery orders jumped 8.3% in December

Core machinery orders jumped 8.3 percent to ¥853.6 billion in December, the government said Thursday, suggesting companies suddenly became eager to boost investment. The orders are viewed as a leading indicator of capital spending. Compared with the previous month, private-sector orders, excluding those in ...

August machinery orders bounce back from plunge in May

Oct 9, 2014

August machinery orders bounce back from plunge in May

Core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 4.7 percent from a month earlier in August to ¥807.8 billion, data showed Thursday, prompting the government to upgrade a leading indicator of capital spending. Core orders, excluding those for ships as well as from utilities ...

Core machinery orders up 3.5% in July but recovery pace slows

Sep 10, 2014

Core machinery orders up 3.5% in July but recovery pace slows

Core private-sector machinery orders in July rose 3.5 percent from the previous month to ¥771.7 billion after seasonal adjustment, led by a one-off increase in big orders from the chemical industry, the government said Wednesday. Core orders, or private-sector orders excluding those for ships ...

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 ...

May machinery orders plunge a record 19.5%

Jul 10, 2014

May machinery orders plunge a record 19.5%

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders plunged by a record 19.5 percent in May, the government said Thursday, indicating the first consumption tax hike in 17 years on April 1 is affecting the economic outlook by discouraging companies from beefing up investment. The orders, excluding ...

Jun 12, 2014

Machinery orders drop 9.1% in April after sales tax hike

Core private-sector machinery orders plunged a seasonally adjusted 9.1 percent in April compared with the previous month, with the first consumption tax hike in 17 years blurring the economic outlook, the government said Thursday. Core orders, excluding those for ships and from utilities because ...

May 19, 2014

Machinery orders jump by record 19%

Core private-sector machinery orders surged by a record 19.1 percent in March in a sign that many companies brought forward investment outlays ahead of the April 1 consumption tax hike. The orders rose after a 4.6 percent fall in February, showing the strongest seasonally ...

Apr 10, 2014

Machinery orders at a 'standstill'

Core private-sector machinery orders shrank a seasonally adjusted 8.8 percent month-on-month in February, the government said Thursday, adding that the yardstick for capital spending had come to “a standstill.” The Cabinet Office downgraded its basic view of the trend for the first time in ...

Machinery orders up 13.4%

Mar 13, 2014

Machinery orders up 13.4%

by Tomoyuki Tachikawa

Core private-sector machinery orders surged by a seasonally adjusted 13.4 percent in January, the second-fastest pace on record, signaling that an economic rebound has prodded companies to boost investment, the government said Thursday. The orders, excluding those for ships and from utilities because of ...