Business Jul 24, 2018

Japan's July figures point to slowdown in manufacturing sector

The manufacturing sector lost steam in July as demand for exports weakened. The monthly Nikkei Japan Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturers showed a preliminary reading of 51.6, the lowest since November 2016 and down from 53 in June. A reading above 50 indicates the sector is ...

Japan's industrial output rose 4.0% on month in April

Business / Economy May 31, 2017

Japan's industrial output rose 4.0% on month in April

Industrial production in April rose 4.0 percent from the previous month to its highest level since October 2008, due mainly to increased auto production amid an economic recovery, government data showed Wednesday. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, however, kept unchanged its basic assessment ...

Machinery orders rise in March for second straight month

Business / Economy May 17, 2017

Machinery orders rise in March for second straight month

Japan's private-sector core machinery orders gained 1.4 percent in March from the previous month, up for the second consecutive month, helped by solid demand in the manufacturing sector that offset weakness in the nonmanufacturing sector, government data showed Wednesday. The orders, excluding those for ships ...

Business / Economy Jan 31, 2017

Industrial output up 0.5 % in December on solid auto production

Industrial output rose 0.5 percent in December from November, lifted by robust production growth in transport equipment, government data showed Tuesday amid hopes for continued recovery. The government maintained its basic assessment, saying industrial production shows signs of improving. The index of output at factories and ...

Japan's industrial output rises 1.5% in November

Business / Economy Dec 28, 2016

Japan's industrial output rises 1.5% in November

Japan's industrial output rose 1.5 percent in November from the previous month, boosted by growth in electronics and automotive parts, the government said Wednesday, upgrading its assessment for the first time since August. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said industrial production shows signs ...

Core private-sector machinery orders rose 4.1% in October

Business / Economy Dec 12, 2016

Core private-sector machinery orders rose 4.1% in October

Core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 4.1 percent in October from the previous month, lifted by strong growth in the nonmanufacturing sector, the government said Monday in maintaining its basic assessment. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from utilities because of ...

Business / Economy Aug 30, 2016

Household spending, unemployment fall in July

Household spending fell for a fifth straight month and retail sales also dropped, underscoring the weakness in domestic demand. The jobless rate was the lowest since 1995. Household spending fell 0.5 percent in July from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday. Retail sales ...

Business / Economy Aug 8, 2016

Sentiment improves among workers in economy-sensitive industries

Business confidence among workers with jobs sensitive to economic conditions improved in July for the first time in four months on favorable sales at department stores, the government said Monday. The diffusion index of sentiment over the nation's current economic situation among so-called economy-watchers such ...

Business / Economy Jul 12, 2016

Japan's wholesale prices fell 4.2% in June

Wholesale prices fell 4.2 percent in June from a year earlier for a 15th straight month of decline, impacted by falling crude oil and commodity prices, as well as a strong yen, Bank of Japan data showed Tuesday. The index of corporate goods prices stood ...