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According to Reuters reporting the Cabinet Office, Japan’s economy shrank an annualised 28.1% in April-June, worse than the initial estimate of a 27.8% contraction, revised data showed.

Key notes

The revised figure for gross domestic product (GDP) compared with economists’ median forecast for a 28.6% contraction in a Reuters poll.

  • JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED REAL GDP -7.9% QTR/QTR (PRELIM -7.8%, REUTERS POLL -8.1%)
  • 07-Sep-2020 17:50:06 – JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED REAL GDP ANNUALISED -28.1% (PRELIM -27.8%, POLL -28.6%)
  • 07-Sep-2020 17:50:10 – JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED CAPEX -4.7% QTR/QTR (PRELIM -1.5%, POLL -3.1%)
  • 07-Sep-2020 17:50:15 – JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED PRIVATE CONSUMPTION -7.9% QTR/QTR (PRELIM -8.2%)
  • 07-Sep-2020 17:50:20 – JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED NET EXTERNAL DEMAND CONTRIBUTION TO GDP -3.0 PCT POINTS (PRELIM -3.0 PCT POINTS)
  • 07-Sep-2020 17:50:26 – JAPAN APRIL-JUNE REVISED DOMESTIC DEMAND CONTRIBUTION -4.9 PCT POINTS (PRELIM -4.8 PCT POINTS)

Description of GDP

The Gross Domestic Product released by the Cabinet Office shows the monetary value of all the goods, services and structures produced in Japan within a given period of time. GDP is a gross measure of market activity because it indicates the pace at which the Japanese economy is growing or decreasing. A high reading or a better than expected number is seen as positive for the JPY, while a low reading is negative.

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