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

Business / Economy 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 and ...

Business / Economy Jun 2, 2014

Capital spending logs 7.4% first-quarter jump

Capital spending jumped 7.4 percent in the January-March quarter compared with a year ago to log the sharpest rise in nearly two years, as Japan Inc. beefed up investment ahead of the first consumption tax hike in 17 years. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors ...

Business / Economy 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 16 ...

Machinery orders log further rise

Business / Economy Nov 13, 2013

Machinery orders log further rise

Core machinery orders in July-September grew for the second straight quarter, with the steady recuperation of the economy prodding many companies to boost investment, the government said Wednesday. But the private-sector orders, which exclude those for ships as well as those from utilities because of ...

Business / Economy Sep 12, 2013

July core machinery orders down 0.025%

Core private-sector machinery orders fell a seasonally adjusted 0.025 percent in July from the previous month, signalling that some companies are still reluctant to increase investment. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from utilities due to their volatility, fell to ¥777.2 billion from ...

Business / Economy Jun 4, 2013

Business investment off 3.9% in quarter amid wariness

Capital spending by companies dropped 3.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as companies remained wary of the economic outlook despite the weaker yen and budding hopes for a recovery in exports, the government said Monday. Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors ...

Commentary / World Aug 17, 2011

Japan at critical tipping point

by Mark Pendergrast

Japanese trains run to the minute, and the country's businesses pride themselves on energy-efficiency. The Japanese boast of their eco-services for eco-products in eco-cities. Yet they rely primarily on imported fossil fuel and nuclear power, live in energy-wasteful homes, and import 60 percent of ...