• Kyodo News


Business confidence among workers with jobs sensitive to economic trends hit a record low in December amid weak individual consumption, slowing output and the uncertain future of employment conditions, the government said Tuesday.

The diffusion index of confidence in current economic conditions among so-called economy watchers, including shop clerks and taxi drivers, slid 5.1 points from November for the ninth straight month of fall to 15.9, the lowest since the government began releasing comparable data in August 2001, the Cabinet Office said.

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