Retail trade in Japan increased 2.1 percent year-on-year in September of 2018, below 2.7 percent in August but higher than market expectations of a 1.6 percent increase. Sales continued to rise for food & beverages (2.1 percent vs 2.5 percent in August); others (2.1 percent, the same as in August); fuel (13 percent vs 15.7 percent); fabrics apparel & accessories (1.2 percent vs 0.7 percent) and rebounded for machinery and equipment (4.9 percent vs -0.8 percent). On the other hand, sales fell for motor vehicles (-0.2 percent vs 0.8 percent) and general merchandise (-1.3 percent vs -1.1 percent). On a monthly basis, retail sales went down 0.2 percent, following a 0.9 percent gain in August. Considering Q3, retail sales rose 2.1 percent yoy, higher than 1.3 percent in Q2. Retail Sales YoY in Japan averaged 4.58 percent from 1971 until 2018, 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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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-29 11:50 PM Retail Sales YoY 1.5% 1.7% 1.2% 1.2%
2018-09-27 11:50 PM Retail Sales YoY 2.7% 1.5% 2.1% 1%
2018-10-28 11:50 PM Retail Sales YoY 2.1% 2.7% 1.6% 1.6%
2018-11-28 11:50 PM Retail Sales YoY 2.1% 0.9%
2018-12-27 11:50 PM Retail Sales YoY 1.2%


Japan Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 43.00 43.40 50.80 27.50 Index Points [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.20 0.90 8.29 -13.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 2.10 2.70 36.50 -14.30 percent [+]
Household Spending -1.60 2.80 7.20 -10.60 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 301316.40 299202.30 305869.60 150439.60 JPY Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 365.45 422.64 1079.95 35.36 JPY Thousand [+]
Personal Savings 12.50 21.20 51.10 -9.90 percent [+]
Bank Lending Rate 1.00 1.00 9.90 0.90 percent [+]
Households Debt To GDP 57.40 57.00 72.20 20.30 percent of GDP [+]
Gasoline Prices 1.41 1.36 2.00 0.91 USD/Liter [+]
Consumer Credit 334396.00 342789.00 415556.00 221292.00 JPY Billion [+]


Japan Retail Sales

In Japan, the year-over-year change in Retail sales compares the aggregated sales of retail goods and services during a certain month to the same month a year ago. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Retail Sales YoY - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Retail Sales - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.10 2.70 36.50 -14.30 1971 - 2018 percent Monthly




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