Japan’s economy continues growth spurt
TOKYO - The Associated Press
The preliminary data mark the seventh straight quarter of growth for the world’s third-largest economy, the longest period of expansion since 2001. But growth slowed from a 2.6 percent annualized rate of growth in April-June.
The Cabinet Office reported on Nov. 15 that strong exports helped offset relatively weak household demand. Corporate investment also helped drive growth in demand, despite a decline in public spending.
In quarterly terms the economy grew 0.3 percent, slowing from a 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter increase in April-June.
Household demand - the lion’s share of business activity - remains fragile thanks to sluggish growth in wages. Private consumption fell 0.5 percent in July-September, the first such decline in seven quarters.