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Economy in Brief

All Industry Index Advances and Shows Resilience
by Robert Brusca June 19, 2008

Japan’s all-industry index was up sharply in April and stands in the 92nd percentile of its range of values since 1993. Construction is about at weak as the all industry index is strong standing in the bottom 2% of its range.

The all-industries index rose by 0.2 percent in April from its year-earlier level following a 1.0 percent fall in March. The all-industries index combines data from the primary sector (comprising fishing, farming, forestry and mining) with the secondary or manufacturing sector and data from the tertiary, or services, sector. The services sector employs more than half of Japan's workforce. Spending on services such as retailing, dining and travel drive this sector. Its index stands in the 97th percentile of its range in April.

Up to date Japan Industry Surveys
Recent Months Moving Averages Extremes; Range
  Apr-08 Mar-08 Feb-08 3-Mo 6-Mo 12-Mo Max Min %-Tile
All Industry 107.0 106.2 105.9 106.4 106.9 107.2 108.1 93.8 92.3%
Construction 72.0 72.5 70.7 71.7 72.1 74.2 124.6 70.7 2.4%
Tertiary 110.4 108.5 108.5 109.1 109.7 110.0 110.9 92.0 97.4%
Ranges, Max, Min since 1993
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