Japan factory output grows for fifth month, retail sales surge

Japan’s industrial output rose for the fifth straight month in October and retail sales in the very same month grew the most in over a year, signalling the economy was recovering further from the damage brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

The world’s third-largest economy rebounded sharply in the 3rd quarter from a pandemic-induced depression, thanks to rising consumption and exports, though some analysts worry about slowing development ahead due to a revival in coronavirus infections.

” There’s a possibility China-bound exports and output will be slow if the United States gets worse, and that would infect China,” stated Takumi Tsunoda, senior economic expert at Shinkin Central Bank Research.

” However if there will be any impact, it’ll be with a little bit of a time lag,” he said, adding that Japanese makers could feel it most strongly in the very first quarter of next year.

Authorities data released on Monday showed factory output leapt 3.8 percent in October from the previous month, generally due to strength in general equipment production and motor vehicle production.

The strong increase beat the average market forecast of a 2.1 percent increase in a Reuters survey of economic experts, and was in line with the previous month’s 3.9 percent gain.

Makers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expected output to grow another 2.7 percent in November and decline 2.4 percent in December.

” The general figure was rather strong. [Output of] capital expenditure-related machinery such as general machinery production was picking up,” Tsunoda stated.

Inventories across all industries fell 1.6 percent in October, the seventh straight month of decline, as stocks of inorganic and organic chemicals in addition to iron, steel and non-ferrous metals were lowered.

Separate information revealed retail sales published their biggest gain given that September last year in October year-on-year after customers dramatically reduced spending in October 2019 following a sales tax hike at that time.

Retail sales jumped 6.4 percent year-on-year in October to increase for the first time in eight months, matching a 6.4 percent gain anticipated by economists in a Reuters poll and turning around from an 8.7 percent drop in the previous month.

Some analysts fret that the economic recovery will lose steam as a renewal in coronavirus infections at home and abroad is anticipated to weigh on demand due to slowing corporate and customer activity.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga advised his cabinet previously this month to compile a bundle of stimulus measures to accelerate the nation’s financial recovery.

The plan is expected to target structural modifications, supporting environmental investment and increasing productivity through digitalisation.

Ruling party lawmakers have actually required an extra budget worth around 20 trillion yen to 30 trillion yen (US$19205 billion to $28807 billion), which will fund part of the stimulus bundle.

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