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Japan's Q3 2023 GDP: A Slower Contraction and Lingering Challenges

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Safak Costu
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Japan's Q3 2023 GDP: A Slower Contraction and Lingering Challenges

In a recent economic forecast, Japan is expected to show a slower-than-anticipated contraction in the third quarter of 2023. The revised real gross domestic product (GDP) data is tipped to exhibit an annualized contraction rate of 2.0%, displaying a slight uplift from the preliminary reading of 2.1%. This adjustment is primarily due to a predicted upwards revision in the private sector capital investment. The provisional decrease of 0.6% is projected to be amended to a lesser figure of 0.5%.

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Japanese Firms' Capital Expenditure

While firms in Japan have indeed bolstered their capital expenditure in the third quarter compared to the same period in the previous year, the growth rate was less than that observed in the second quarter. Economists warn of continuing uncertainties plaguing the economy. Increased inflation poses a significant threat, potentially stifling household spending. Furthermore, the slowdown in global demand, particularly from critical markets such as Europe, the U.S., and China, is an issue of concern.

Manufacturing Slowdown and Economic Challenges

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The Japanese economy continues to grapple with a plethora of challenges. Slowing manufacturing is a significant roadblock to economic recovery. The revised GDP data, which will shed more light on the current economic status, is slated for release on Friday, December 8.

Global Economic Developments

As we delve deeper into the global economic climate, there are several key developments worth noting. An investigation is underway probing the advanced knowledge of a Hamas attack used for profit in Israeli securities. Asian stocks performance, China's growing service activity, steady oil prices, and Australia's decision to hold interest rates steady are other crucial facets shaping the economic landscape.

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