• Kyodo News


Average monthly household spending rose a price-adjusted 1.6 percent in October from a year earlier to ¥287,789 for the third straight monthly increase, due mainly to the effects of government stimulus measures, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Friday.

The average monthly income of salaried households came to ¥459,704, down 1.8 percent in real terms, the ministry said in a preliminary report.

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