Japan: Consumer confidence continues to decline in February
Consumer sentiment declined from 41.9 in January to 41.5 in February, marking the lowest reading since December 2016. The print disappointed market expectations of a softer fall to 41.6. The consumer confidence index measures consumers’ expectations for the next six months on a scale of 0–100; a figure of 100 indicates that all respondents see their living standards improving.
Consumers were noticeably more pessimistic about their overall livelihood category and their willingness to buy durable goods. Households confidence about their income growth waned somewhat. Conversely, job prospects improved in February. Regarding prices, expectations of higher prices rose slightly in February, with 86.0% of respondents expecting prices to trend higher (up 1.9 percentage points from last month’s survey).