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Japan’s headline inflation rate for August accelerated 0.4 %-points to 1.3%, but most of the jump was due to energy costs, explains the research team at Rabobank.

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“Indeed the core measure, which excludes food and energy, only inched up one tenth to 0.4%, underlining the BoJ’s challenges. This week the bank reinforced its image as still being the most accommodative central bank in the G7, even though it trimmed purchases of long-term bonds (>25 years maturity) from JPY60bn to JPY50bn in its regular operation today.”

“Meanwhile, a 0.4 points rise in the manufacturing PMI for August, also published this morning, offers a small ray of light although the trend of slowing growth of activity in the sector since the start of the year does not appear to have been arrested convincingly yet.”