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Most Japan Indicator

GDP

GDP is the value of all final goods and services produced in Japan. It is the broadest measure of economy and the principal indicator of economic performance.

Current Account

Also known as the balance of payments, this data analyzes all transactions between Japan and the rest of the world. It is the most comprehensive measure of international transactions.

Jobless Rate

A component of the Labor Force Survey. Because Japanese companies usually avoid layoffs, except in extreme circumstances, the data only shows mild cyclicality.

Trade Balance

The difference between the value of exports and imports; it greatly affects the changes in the current account because the trade surplus accounts for a large share of current account surplus in Japan.

Tokyo CPI

It is the first comprehensive Japanese inflation measure released each month.

LEI

Based on such components as inventory, job offers, orders, price indexes, the money supply, profits, and confidence.

Tertiary Industry Index

Focuses on business conditions in the services industry.

Industrial Production

Focuses on manufacturing. Despite its monthly volatility and low correlation with quarterly GDP, industrial activity is probably the most reliable single indicator of the cycle.

Machine Tool Orders

Name is self-explanatory. Used as a leading indicator of private equipment investment.

Capital Spending

There are several capital spending surveys which all tend to agree on the broad trends. They are a key influence on the Japanese "consensus view of the business outlook."

Retail Trade

Gauge of all Retail Trade in Japan

Convenience Store Sales

Used to gauge everyday spending trends

Workers Household Spending

Investigates the current income and expenditures of consumer households. Since consumer spending accounts for approximately 60% of GDP, it is an important component of economic growth.

Eco Watchers Survey

The index monitors the general business sentiment of sector employees working in industries close to consumers, such as barbers, taxi drivers, and waiters.

Large Retailers Sales

Covers large department stores and large chain stores, which account for a small percentage of consumer spending.

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