Capital spending by Japanese companies rose for the third straight quarter during the October-December period, as growth in corporate profits on the back of the yen’s slide prompted the corporate sector to bolster investment, the government said Monday.
Business investment by all nonfinancial sectors for purposes such as building plants and introducing new equipment gained 4.0 percent from a year earlier to 9.44 trillion yen ($93.19 billion) in the three months through December, following a 1.5 percent climb in the previous quarter, the Finance Ministry said.
“Capital spending has been picking up” with the nation’s economy moderately recovering, a ministry official said, but he added some firms are skeptical whether the world’s third-biggest economy will continue to recuperate given a planned sales tax hike in April.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis, capital spending, excluding investment in software, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent from the July-September period, down for the second consecutive quarter, the ministry said.
The data will affect revisions to Japan’s economic growth figures, with the Cabinet Office set to release revised gross domestic product data for the same period on March 10.
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