Japan Consumer Confidence


Japan: Consumer sentiment rebounds from April's over two-year low in May

June 9, 2014

Consumer sentiment rose from the 37.0 points recorded in April—which had marked the lowest level since August 2011—to 39.3 points in May. The consumer confidence index measures consumers’ expectations for the next six months on a scale of 0–100, where 100 points indicates that all respondents see their living standards improving.

May’s print was the result of an across-the-board improvement in consumer confidence as all the subcategories of the index gained ground over the previous month. Consumers were significantly more optimistic regarding their willingness to buy durable goods going forward. Household’s views on overall livelihood and employment prospects also recorded healthy increases in May. Expectations for income growth, however, improved only marginally.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to increase 0.6% in 2014, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2015, the panel sees private consumption growing 0.4%.

Author: Ricard Torné, Lead Economist

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Japan Consumer Confidence May 2014 0

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

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