Japan Consumer Confidence June 2018


Japan: Consumer confidence declines marginally in June

June 29, 2018

Consumer sentiment inched down to 43.7 in June from 43.8 in May, coming in just below market expectations of a stable print. 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.

The slight deterioration in June came on the back of declines across all sub-indices, except employment. Consumers were more pessimistic about their overall livelihood, and their confidence in income growth fell to a ten-month low. Furthermore, consumers were less willing to buy durable goods. The lone bright spot in the report was households’ improved outlook on their employment prospects. Regarding prices, expectations of higher prices decreased slightly in June, with 81.7% of respondents expecting prices to trend higher (down 0.4 percentage points from last month’s survey).

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to rise 0.6% in 2018, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2019, the panel sees private consumption growing 1.0%.


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Japan Consumer Confidence June 2018

Note: Index of consumer sentiment. The 50-threshold represents the point above which consumers expect economic conditions to improve.
Source: Cabinet Office (CO).

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