The Preliminary Economic Growth Data for Q2 2023 in Japan
The preliminary economic growth data for the second quarter of 2023 in Japan has been released. The data provides insights into the country’s economic performance during this period.
- Japan’s preliminary Q2 GDP grew by 1.5% quarter-on-quarter (q/q), surpassing the expected growth of 0.8%.
- The Q2 GDP has been revised to +1.2% q/q and +4.8% year-on-year (y/y) from the previous figures of +1.5% q/q and +6.0% y/y respectively.
- Weak domestic demand is evident, with private consumption declining by 0.6% q/q (preliminary estimate was -0.5%).
- Business investment is also soft, with capital expenditure (capex) contracting by 1.0% q/q (preliminary estimate was -0.7%).
- External demand made a positive contribution to growth, with a 1.8% q/q increase.
- The deflator, an inflation indicator, stood at 3.5% y/y.
The data suggests that Japan’s economy experienced moderate growth in the second quarter of 2023. While the GDP growth exceeded expectations, weak domestic demand and soft business investment indicate underlying challenges.
The weak private consumption and business investment figures highlight the need for measures to stimulate domestic demand and encourage investment. Policymakers may consider implementing policies to boost consumer spending and provide incentives for businesses to increase capital expenditure.
The preliminary economic growth data for Japan’s second quarter of 2023 indicates a mixed performance. While the GDP growth exceeded expectations, weak domestic demand and soft business investment pose challenges for the country’s economy. Policymakers may need to take appropriate measures to address these issues and promote sustainable growth.
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