Japanese Retail Sales Soar to Highest in Over Five Years During September
Arslan Butt • 1 min read
Japan’s retail sales rose at the fastest pace in over five years during September, fueled by the rush to stock up goods before the sales tax hike implemented in October. Japan’s retail sales surged to a seasonally-adjusted 7.1% MoM growth in September, beating expectations which were for a 6.9% growth.
September’s retail sales also grew by 9.1% YoY, marking the fastest pace of growth seen since March 2014 when they rose by 11% ahead of the previous round of sales tax hike. The jump in retail sales was driven by the 16.9% rise in sales of cars, household durables, apparel, food, and more.
September’s upbeat data has driven the trade ministry to upgrade its outlook for retail sales to “increasing”. However, it has cautioned against future impact of the sales tax hike as the previous hike had caused private consumption to dive lower severely.