Japan Household Spending Falls For Third Month

(RTTNews) - Japan household spending decreased for the third straight month in December, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed Friday.

Household spending decreased 4.8 percent year-on-year in December, following a 2.0 percent decline in November. The decline was bigger than the forecast of -1.7 percent.

After the sales tax hike, household spending dropped 5.1 percent in October, which was the biggest fall since March 2016.

On a monthly basis, household consumption grew 1.7 percent in December, after a 2.6 percent increase in the prior month.

Elsewhere, data from Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare showed that total cash earnings remained flat on year in December, after a revised 0.1 percent rise in November. Economists had expected a 0.1 percent decrease.

Contractual gross earnings edged up 0.1 percent in December, while special cash earnings declined by 0.2 percent.

Real wages declined 0.9 percent in December, following a revised 0.6 percent fall in the previous month. This was in line with economists' expectations.
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