Japanese Industrial Production Surges to Record High 7.2% m/m In November

Japan’s preliminary industrial production for November came in at 7.2% m/m much higher than the expected 4.8% m/m and the October reading of 1.8%. Two years ago, deep in the pandemic industrial production was -4.2% m/m. Production in the auto sector benefited from a global parts supply recovery, output of cars and other motor vehicles surged 43.1% for the month Japan Industrial Production for November 2021 (preliminary)  Industries that mainly contributed to the increased 1.Motor vehicles, 2.Plastic products, 3.Iron, steel … Continue reading “Japanese Industrial Production Surges to Record High 7.2% m/m In November”

Soft Consumer Spending Sees Japan’s Q3 GDP Downgraded Further

Japan’s economy shrank 0.9% in the third quarter from the previous quarter, at an annualized pace of 3.0%, the Cabinet Office announced on Monday. This was worse than the previous estimate as the Coronavirus and supply shortage had more of a dampening affect than first thought. Japan Q3 GDP (2nd reading) GDP -0.9% q/q vs -0.8% expected GDP y/y -3.6% vs -3.1% expected (first estimate -3.0%) Private consumption -1.3% vs -1.1% prelim External demand 0.0% vs +0.1% prelim Inflation deflator … Continue reading “Soft Consumer Spending Sees Japan’s Q3 GDP Downgraded Further”

Record Taiwan Chip Production To Continue, Expanding Over 25% in 2022

The global chip supply is expected to get some relief from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and the other Taiwanese Semiconductor manufacturers next year. A Taiwan government think tank forecasts output will grow 25.9% in 2021 to a 4.1 trillion New Taiwan dollars ($147 billion). Producers are struggling to keep up with the surging demand even as they invest in new capacity. A recent report published by Taiwan government think tank, The Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI) … Continue reading “Record Taiwan Chip Production To Continue, Expanding Over 25% in 2022”

Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Unchanged, Revised CPI and GDP Forecasts Lower As Expected

The Bank of Japan announced no change to monetary policy as widely expected. The BOJ short-term interest target kept at -0.1% and the 10 year JGB yield target remains around 0%. BoJ revised its CPI and GDP forecasts lower.

U.S. Trade Deficit Rises As Imports Continue To Grow Faster Than Exports

The US trade deficit in August was $73. 3Billion up from prior month’s $70.30 billion. The China and US trade deficit rose to -$28.1B. By contrast Australia’s trade balance for August revealed a massive surplus of AUD15,077 million

Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Unchanged as Expected, Details Climate Change Scheme

The Bank of Japan announced no change to monetary policy as widely expected. The BOJ short-term interest target kept at -0.1% and the 10 year JGB yield target remains around 0%. Released details of scheme for combating climate change and made decision on yield curve control

Japan Affirmed by Fitch at ‘A’ With Negative Outlook

Japan was affirmed by rating agency Fitch at ‘A’ with a negative outlook adding it expects the Bank of Japan inflation target of 2% to remain out of reach. Fitch expects growth of 2.5% in 2021 and 3.0% in 2022, as the economy recovers from a 4.6% contraction in 2020.

Rebuilding Inventories With Imports Saw U.S. Trade Deficit Rise to $71.2 billion in May

The US trade deficit increased 3.1% to $71.2 billion in May as rebuilding inventories for rising demand in a reopening economy pulled in imports. Goods imports rose 1.2% to $234.7 billion and exports of goods gained 0.3% to $145.5 billion, a record high.

Japan Exports Surge Most in Over a Decade as Trade Surplus Returns

Japan’s April trade surplus was JPY 255.3 billion as exports from Japan jumped 38.0% yoy to JPY 7,181 billion and after a 16.1% rise in March. This was the steepest growth in outbound shipments since April 2010 with the recovery in global trade.