Source: Japan Cabinet Office
Japan’s economy expanded better than expected in the second quarter, marking a rebound as the country recovered from the initial hit of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.3% quarter-on-quarter, surpassing the market consensus of 0.2%.
- The latest reading compares with the -0.9% reading in the first quarter and -7.9% in the second quarter of 2020.
- Year on year, the economy grew 1.3%, higher than the market’s expectation of 0.7% and better than the -0.9% in the first quarter.
- Growth was recorded in private consumption, capital expenditure, and government spending. All indicators were in negative territory in the first quarter.
- Exports climbed for the fourth consecutive quarter to hit 2.9%. This is higher than the 2.4% in the first quarter.
- Imports also grew for the third straight quarter, up by 5.1% versus 4% in the first three months.