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?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Japan Industrial Output Falls In June

Japan's industrial production fell back in June, the same month as exports declined for the first time in four years. Factory output was down 2 percent from May, when it rose 2.8 percent, according to the latest data from the Trade Ministry.

The Trade Ministry also lowered its assessment of industrial production, saying output is weakening after previously describing it as flat with signs of weakness. Companies plan to cut production 0.2 percent in July and 0.6 percent in August, the survey showed. The June drop completes two quarters of declining production, the first back-to-back contraction since 2001, when the country was in a recession.