Japanese Households Dropped in June

Japanese households reduced spending for the fifth straight month in June, government data showed Tuesday, suggesting only modest economic growth in the second quarter.

Spending by households with two or more people fell 1.2 percent from a year earlier to 267,641 yen ($2,403), according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The ministry maintained its assessment that spending is “showing weakness” as expenditures on traveling and home improvement fell.

The data point to the world’s third-largest economy continuing to depend on exports and capital expenditure to avoid falling into recession in April-June. Private-sector economists on average predict that gross domestic product data, to be released later this week, will show an annualized real 1.2 percent expansion.

Despite the run of weak spending, a ministry official who briefed reporters said consumption could begin picking up as a measure of income rose for the first time in six months.

via Mainichi

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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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