Japan: Exports Falter Again

March 20th, 2014
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breaking-news-130px7Econintersect:  Japan saw an increase in exports (year-over-year) of 9.8% in February, up from 9.5% in January.  While this may sound good, expectations had been for an increase of 12.4% in a poll of economists by Reuters.  The decline of the yen since early April 2013 has been 8.4% so, in dollar terms, exports have risen less than 2%.  The impact of disappointing exports was softened by a small year-over-year growth in imports (2.6%) and a dramatic decline of 18% from a record high in January.  However, the balance of trade remained negative for the 20th consecutive month.

Follow up:

Japan must feel like a swimmer caught in a riptide less than one month before the country's domestic consumption tax is set to jump by 60%, from 5% to 8%.   It is called a consumption tax but it actually is a value added tax which will add to the cost at every stage of production, starting with raw materials.




John Lounsbury


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