The government kept its assessment of the economy unchanged in February، but a series of weak data on corporate sentiment، capital expenditure and exports shows the U.S.-China trade war is hurting the outlook for the world’s third-largest economy، The Japan News reported.
The Cabinet Office، which helps coordinate government policy، said the economy is in a moderate recovery، according to its monthly economic report for February on Thursday.
That was unchanged from the previous month. The Cabinet Office left unchanged its assessment that exports have weakened recently، which it downgraded only last month as exports to China started to buckle due to the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing and China’s slowing economy.
The report for February did not take into account government data on Wednesday showing Japan’s exports fell by the most in more than two years in January as China-bound shipments tumbled.
This means the monthly economic report in March will be the Cabinet Office’s first chance to offer its official view of Japan’s export performance at the start of this year.
The monthly report said consumer spending in February is recovering، unchanged from the previous month.
The government left unchanged its assessment that capital expenditure is increasing.
The government also left unchanged its assessment that industrial output is gradually rising but showing some signs of weakness.