Japan Real Time Charts and Data

Edward Hugh is only able to update this blog from time to time, but he does run a lively Twitter account with plenty of Japan related comment. He also maintains a collection of constantly updated Japan data charts with short updates on a Storify dedicated page Is Japan Once More Back in Deflation?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Japan Retail Sales September 2007

As in August, Japan retail sales in September 2007 managed to eke out a small (0.5%) year on year increase - according to data released by METI today - but as in August this was largely due to a low base effect, since sales in August and September of 2006 were not exactly spectacular (see chart below). Quarter on quarter sales in July-September were down 0.5% on sales in April-June, an outcome which is not exactly a positive indicator for the up and coming Q3 2007 GDP data.