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Japan's retail sales decline for first time in three months

USDJPY News by Newsroom on 20:43 September 28, 2016 EST
Japan's retail sales fell more than expected in August making this the sixth straight month of annual declines due to falling sales of clothes and home appliances.

Retail sales fell 2.1 percent in August from a year earlier, more than a median market forecast for a 1.8 percent annual decline, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Thursday.

The weak reading underscores the weakness of the japanese economy, with slow wage growth and gloomy prospects of recovery weighing on household spending.

Japan's economy grew faster over April-June than initially estimated due to upward revisions to capital expenditure and inventories, but there are concerns from a recent run of weak data on exports, factory output and household spending.

The parliament will soon start to deliberate a government stimulus package with planned spending 7.5 trillion yen by the national and local governments on infrastructure projects in an attempt to boost domestic demand.