88% of Japanese Firms Expect Economy to Grow

Some 88 percent of major Japanese companies surveyed expect the economy to grow by the end of 2015, and nearly half of them plan to boost capital spending in the business year through March, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.

The results of the survey indicate Japanese companies are generally optimistic about the country’s economic prospects, despite weak consumer spending and increasing uncertainties about China.

Of a total of 108 companies surveyed between late July and mid-August, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp., 95 firms said they think the economy will expand by the end of this year, of which 89 expect moderate growth. Seven firms said they expect growth to be flat, while only one projected a moderate slowdown.

The Japanese economy shrank an annualized real 1.6 percent in the April-June period due to a fall in consumption and sluggish exports, boding ill for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to lift the economy out of deflation.

On the current state of the economy, 83 percent of the companies polled said it is expanding moderately, with 16 percent viewing it as being “flat.” None said the Japanese economy is slowing down.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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