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Japan’s economy bounced back in Q1, up 1.6% annualized, 0.4% qoq

Japan’s economy delivered a robust performance in Q1, expanding at annualized rate of 1.6%, which significantly surpassed expectation of 0.7%. This marks the first expansion in three quarters, thanks to a potent combination of strong private consumption and a rebound in inbound tourism.

In terms of real GDP, adjusted for inflation, there was an increase of 0.4% qoq, beating the forecast growth of 0.1% qoq. The positive data signals a welcome resurgence in Japan’s economy, signaling a potential turn-around after short period of technical recession.

Looking into the details, private consumption for the quarter rose by 0.6%, driven by robust demand for cars and durable goods. Concurrently, consumers boosted spending on services such as dining out, culminating in the fourth consecutive quarterly gain. Meanwhile, capital spending rose by 0.9%, aided by increased car-related investments and marking the first increase in two quarters.

However, not all sectors exhibited positive trends. Exports took a hit, declining by -4.2% due to a slump in shipments of cars and machinery used for chip production. Imports also fell by 2-.3%. Public investment remained largely flat.

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