Capital spending in Japan rose 12.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, far above market expectations of a 6.6 percent increase and following a 3.4 percent gain in the previous period. It was the steepest advance in capital spending since at least Q3 2008, boosted by investment in manufacturing (19.8 percent vs 2.8 percent in Q1), in particular information & communication electronics equipment (66.1 percent vs 29.9 percent); chemical & allied products (24.2 percent vs -2.7 percent); transport equipment (17.1 percent vs -1.7 percent); and food (3.6 percent vs 7.4 percent). In addition, capital expenditure in the non-manufacturing sector grew by 9.2 percent, way faster than a 3.6 percent rise in Q1, driven by wholesale and retail trade (14.9 percent vs 2.1 percent); and transport & postal activities (44.6 percent vs 11.3 percent). Meanwhile, corporate profits soared 17.9 percent and sales were up 5.1 percent. Private Investment in Japan averaged -0.82 percent from 2008 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 12.80 percent in the second quarter of 2018 and a record low of -25.33 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-28 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY 4.3% 4.2% 3.1% 1.7%
2018-05-31 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY 3.4% 4.3% 3.2% -1.2%
2018-09-02 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY 12.8% 3.4% 6.6% 2.6%
2018-12-02 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY 12.8% 10.61%


Japan Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 19.00 21.00 53.00 -58.00 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 52.90 52.50 56.20 29.60 [+]
Services Pmi 52.40 50.20 55.30 46.40 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production -2.50 0.20 30.00 -37.20 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom -0.40 0.30 6.80 -16.50 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production -2.50 0.20 29.30 -37.20 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 101.20 102.70 136.10 68.60 Index Points [+]
New Orders 899.96 1208.56 1624.17 693.64 JPY Billion [+]
Machinery Orders -18.30 6.80 25.50 -18.30 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 443.30 384.40 7649.80 -6558.50 JPY Billion [+]
Bankruptcies 730.00 621.00 1965.00 6.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 26401.12 20165.23 26401.12 43.24 JPY Billion [+]
Coincident Index 114.60 116.70 120.60 78.00 [+]
Economy Watchers Survey 49.50 48.60 57.50 18.90 [+]
Car Production 595931.00 684742.00 961994.00 249772.00 Units [+]
Car Registrations 227172.00 265059.00 585449.00 83044.00 [+]
Leading Economic Index 103.90 104.50 112.60 75.00 Index Points [+]
Small Business Sentiment 14.00 14.00 46.00 -60.00 [+]
Internet Speed 20171.96 19574.52 20171.96 6541.92 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 43689566.00 43995715.00 44977757.00 23570249.00 IP [+]
Private Investment 12.80 3.40 12.80 -25.33 percent [+]
Mining Production -0.20 -6.00 16.20 -16.10 percent [+]
Cement Production 4996.00 4963.00 9368.00 4218.00 Thousands of Tonnes [+]
Competitiveness Index 82.47 81.59 82.47 5.36 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 5.00 8.00 10.00 5.00 [+]
Composite Pmi 52.50 50.70 54.10 46.30 [+]
Corruption Index 73.00 72.00 80.00 58.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 20.00 20.00 25.00 14.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 39.00 34.00 39.00 13.00 [+]
Non Manufacturing Pmi 22.00 24.00 57.00 -41.00 [+]
Steel Production 8418.41 8805.14 10775.00 1177.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]


Japan Capital Spending

Capital Spending in Japan refers to a year-on-year change in capital investments of private profit-making corporations with capital of 10 million yen or over. The survey includes all industries except finance and insurance. This page provides - Japan Private Investment- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Capital Spending - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
12.80 3.40 12.80 -25.33 2008 - 2018 percent Quarterly




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