Japanese Economy Dodges Recession in Q1


The Japanese economy expanded 0.4 percent on quarter in the three months to March of 2016, boosted by private consumption, government spending and exports, preliminary estimates showed. Figures came better than market expectations of a 0.1 percent growth and compare with an upwardly revised 0.4 percent contraction in the fourth quarter 2015.

In the first quarter, domestic demand grew 0.2 percent and added 0.2 percentage points to growth.

Private consumption went up 0.5 percent, adding 0.3 percentage points to growth. Private residential investment fell 0.8 percent while private non-residential investment contracted 1.4 percent, substracting 0.2 percent off growth. Inventories made no contribution to growth.

Public investment rose 0.3 percent and made no contribution to growth while government spending rose 0.7 percent, adding 0.1 percent.

External demand contributed 0.2 percentage point to growth: exports increased by 0.6 percent, rebounding from a 0.8 percent decline in the December quarter 2015. Imports fell by 0.5 percent, slowing from a 1.1 percent drop in the final quarter 2015.

On an annualized basis, the economy advanced 1.7 percent, rebounding from an upwardly revised 1.7 percent contraction in the three months to December and market expectations of a 0.2 percent growth. It is the strongest expansion since the June quarter 2015.

Japanese Economy Dodges Recession in Q1


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5/18/2016 3:51:05 AM