by SignalFactory · December 27, 2019 | 07:29:36 UTC
Japan Retail Sales Fall More than Estimated
retail sales declined by 2.1 percent year-on-year in November 2019, compared
with market expectations of a 1.7 percent drop and after a 7 percent fall in
the previous month, as consumer sentiment remained depressed after October’s
sales tax hike. Decreases were seen in sales of general merchandise (-4.4% vs
-13.3% in October), fabrics apparel & accessories (-0.1% vs -5.9%), motor
vehicles (-5.9% vs -16.8%), machinery & equipment (-7.8% vs -14.7%), fuel
(-7.1% vs -12.7%), and other (-1.8% vs -5.7%). In contrast, sales grew for food
& beverages (0.4% vs -1.9%), and medicine & toiletry stores (2.6% vs
0.6%). On a monthly basis, retail sales advanced 4.5 percent in November,
compared with forecasts of a 4.6 percent gain and following a revised 14.2
percent fall in October. Retail Sales YoY in Japan averaged 4.49 percent from
1971 until 2019, reaching an all-time high of 36.50 percent in January of 1979
and a record low of -14.30 percent in March of 1998.
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