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Japan Consumer Confidence August 2020

Japan: Consumer confidence slips lower in August

The consumer confidence index came in at 29.3 in August, marginally down from July’s 29.5. As a result, the index—which measures consumer expectations about the economy for the next six months—remained well below the 50.0-threshold, which separates pessimism from optimism among consumers.

The headline print reflected a broad-based deterioration in consumers’ assessments regarding the coming six months: Perceptions of employment opportunities, future income, overall livelihood all decreased from July’s survey. Meanwhile, consumers’ willingness to make durable goods purchases improved somewhat from July.

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