Japan – 2Q GDP – Revised
10/09/2019 09:57 am MYT
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In the second estimate, Japan’s 2Q 2019 real GDP growth was revised downward from the first estimate last month. Real GDP rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1%, instead of the 1.7% estimated last month – see figure 1. This was mainly due to a lower private non-residential investment growth – see table 1. Similarly, on a year-on-year basis, real GDP growth was revised downward to 1.0% from the 1.2% rise estimated earlier.


In the first half of 2019, Japan’s economy grew by 1.0%. i Capital maintains its forecast for Japan’s economic growth for the whole of 2019 to be in the range of 0.6-1.0%.

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