Japan's economy contracted for first time in two years in Q1 2018
Japan's economy contracted for first time in two years in Q1 2018
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"Globally, IT-related items have been in an adjustment phase, which weighed down Japan's exports and factory output", said Yoshimasa Maruyama, chief market economist at SMBC Nikko Securities.
"Private consumption and public demand were flat while investment spending and net exports fell slightly", he said in a note to clients. "The global economy is performing well and a yen is trading beyond 110 yen against the dollar, so once exports start to grow again, the economy will return to a moderate growth path", he said.
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Japan's gross domestic product contracted at an annualized rate of 0.6% in the first quarter of 2018, according to government data published Wednesday.
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That marked the end of the longest sequence of growth since a 12-quarter run between April-June 1986 and January-March 1989 during the asset-inflated bubble economy.
Fourth quarter growth was revised to an annualized 0.6 percent, down from the 1.6 percent estimated earlier.
Australia will provide Q1 data for wage prices, which are expected to hold steady at 0.6% on quarter and 2.1% on year.
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