Japan Economy Watchers Survey

In December 2016, the current economic condition DI for Eco Watchers Survey remained unchanged at 51.4 from the previous month. The future condition DI fell slightly from 51.3 to 50.9 in December 2016.

Published monthly by the Cabinet Office. Updated till the month of December 2016 (published on January 12th, 2017)

Recent data trend:

In December 2016, after allowing for seasonal factors, the current condition DI remained unchanged from November and the future condition DI decreased slightly from its level in November. The index has improved significantly between June and November in 2016. The rally in stock prices we saw in the last 2 months of the year may have boosted the sentiments of Japanese households and corporate managers.

Brief overview of “Economy watchers survey":

"Economy watchers survey" is a survey of people who are working in industries that are sensitive to economic trends, such as household activity, corporate activity, and employment. This index is a diffusion index (DI). The index over 50 indicates that the economy is expanding, while the index below 50 indicates that the economy is contracting. 

DI for current conditions indicate the direction of change compared to 3 months ago, and DI for future condition index indicates the expected direction of change within the next 2 or 3 months.

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Source: Cabinet Office, JMA

The Next Release Date:   February 8th, 2017