Japan’s industrial output down 0.1 percent in December from November

Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:06:10 (GMT+3)   |   Istanbul

In December last year, Japan's industrial production decreased by 0.1 percent from the previous month, and by 1.9 percent compared to the same month in 2017, according to the preliminary indices of the Industrial Production report published by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

On the other hand, in December the Japanese iron and steel production index decreased by 1.8 percent year on year, while Japan's seasonally adjusted iron and steel production index was up by 0.2 percent in December compared to November. Meanwhile, in December Japanese producers' iron and steel shipments decreased by 3.6 percent and iron and steel inventories were up by 1.8 percent, both compared to the previous month.

According to the ministry's Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, Japanese industrial production is expected to decrease by 0.1 percent in January and to rise by 2.6 percent in February, both on month-on-month basis. Meanwhile, Japanese iron and steel production is expected to decrease by 4.4 percent in January and to increase by one percent in February, month on month.

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