Retail Sales Japan

In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted retail sales index in Japan increased to 102 from 98.9 in previous month.

Published monthly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Updated till the month of June 2021 (published on July 30th, 2021)

Brief overview of “Retail sales”

The “Retail sales” report is published as a part of the “Current survey of commerce”, a survey published monthly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. It is a comprehensive survey on retail activities and correlates well with the overall private consumption trends in Japan. According to the statistics, retail sales in Japan totaled 145.0 trillion yen in 2019. By breaking down the types of various retail stores, food and beverage accounted for 31.3% of the total, followed by motor vehicles (12.6%), fuel (8.9%) and general merchandise (8.1%). Comparative figures in U.S. retail sales for 2019 were 14.0% for food and beverage, 22.7% for motor vehicles, 9.2% for gasoline stations and 13.1% for general merchandise. Retail sales in Japan peaked in 1996 at 146.3 trillion yen before starting a sharp decline to 132.3 trillion yen in 2002. It was the first time since WWII that Japan experienced a nationwide financial crisis. From 2003, retail sales began to be on a moderate recovery path with a brief setback in 2009 amid the great global recession.


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The Next Release Date:  August 30th, 2021 (Preliminary July data)
















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