Japan: Consumer confidence continues to pick up in June
July 11, 2011
Consumer confidence continued to recover in June, following on sharp falls recorded in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, which had dragged sentiment down among consumers and eroded retail sales. In June, consumer confidence added 1.1 points over the previous month, climbing to 35.3 points from the 34.2 points recorded in May to reach a three-month high. Against this backdrop, the Cabinet Office upgraded its assessment as "consumer confidence is now showing signs of a recovery, although it remains in a severe state." The increase in household confidence was broad-based, as all main categories improved over the previous month. In particular, job conditions jumped from 27.8 points to 29.6 points, while the willingness to buy durable goods component rose by 1.3 points to 36.8 points and overall livelihood advanced 1.1 points to 37.5. On the other hand, income growth added just 0.2 points over the previous month. The recovery seen in consumer confidence was supported by massive efforts by both the government and the private sector to restore facilities and repair supply chains.