Japan Consumer Confidence December 2017

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Japan: Consumer confidence moderates in December

January 9, 2018

Consumer sentiment fell from November’s multi-year high of 44.9 to 44.7 in December. The decline contrasted the 45.0 reading that market analysts had expected. The consumer confidence index measures consumers’ expectations for the next six months on a scale of 0–100, where 100 indicates that all respondents see their living standards improving.

December’s decrease reflected a broad-based deterioration as all but one of the components of the index fell compared to November. The overall livelihood category and job prospects logged the largest declines followed by consumers’ willingness to buy durable goods. Income growth was unchanged in the same month.

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FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to rise 0.9% in 2018, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. In 2019, the panel sees private consumption growing 1.0%.


Author: Ricard Torné, Lead Economist

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Japan Consumer Confidence December 2017

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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