Japanese companies raised spending on plant and equipment by 0.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, compared with a preliminary figure of a 4.3 percent growth and after a 3.5 percent fall in the prior period. Manufacturing companies' investment continued to fall (-5.3 percent vs -9.0 percent in Q4), particularly due to fabricated metal products (-7.6 percent vs -14.0 percent), production machinery (-2.4 percent vs -3.0 percent), and information & communication (-8.4 percent vs -45.8 percent), while there were rises in investment in iron & steel (0.3 percent vs -6.0 percent) and business-oriented machinery (26.7 percent vs 54.5 percent). Meantime, non-manufacturing investment rebounded (2.9 percent vs -0.1 percent), driven by construction (6.4 percent vs -1.9 percent), real estate (28.2 percent vs -22.8 percent), and production, transmission, and distribution of electricity (0.5 percent vs -27.5 percent).

Private Investment in Japan averaged -0.14 percent from 2008 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 12.80 percent in the second quarter of 2018 and a record low of -25.33 percent in the first quarter of 2009. This page provides - Japan Private Investment- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Capital Spending - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2020. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Private Investment in Japan is expected to be 3.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Private Investment in Japan to stand at 2.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Capital Spending is projected to trend around 3.40 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Capital Spending

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.10 -3.50 12.80 -25.33 2008 - 2020 percent Quarterly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-12-01 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Q3 7.1% 1.9% 2.8%
2020-03-01 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Q4 -3.5% 7.1% 1.6% 4.5%
2020-05-31 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Q1 4.3% -3.5% -6.2%
2020-07-26 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Final Q1 0.1% -3.5% 4.3%
2020-08-31 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Q2 0.1% -7.2%
2020-11-30 11:50 PM Capital Spending YoY Q3 -3.6%


News Stream
Japan Q1 Capital Spending Revised Lower
Japanese companies raised spending on plant and equipment by 0.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, compared with a preliminary figure of a 4.3 percent growth and after a 3.5 percent fall in the prior period. Manufacturing companies' investment continued to fall (-5.3 percent vs -9.0 percent in Q4), particularly due to fabricated metal products (-7.6 percent vs -14.0 percent), production machinery (-2.4 percent vs -3.0 percent), and information & communication (-8.4 percent vs -45.8 percent), while there were rises in investment in iron & steel (0.3 percent vs -6.0 percent) and business-oriented machinery (26.7 percent vs 54.5 percent). Meantime, non-manufacturing investment rebounded (2.9 percent vs -0.1 percent), driven by construction (6.4 percent vs -1.9 percent), real estate (28.2 percent vs -22.8 percent), and production, transmission, and distribution of electricity (0.5 percent vs -27.5 percent).
2020-07-27
Japan Capital Spending Rebounds
Japanese companies raised spending on plant and equipment by 4.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, after a 3.5 percent cut in the previous period. Investment rebounded for non-manufacturing (6.2 percent vs -0.1 percent in Q4), driven by production, transmission, and distribution of electricity (39.2 percent vs -28.5 percent) and real estate (20.5 percent vs -22.8 percent). In addition, investment of manufacturing companies rose (0.6 percent vs -9.0 percent), particularly petroleum and coal products (80.9 percent vs 16.8 percent).
2020-06-01
Japan Capital Spending Falls the Most in 7 Years
Japanese companies cut spending on plant and equipment by 3.5 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2019, following a 7.1 percent rise in the previous three-month period and missing market expectations of a 1.6 percent gain. It was the steepest decline in corporate capital spending since the first quarter of 2013, as investment of manufacturing firms plunged 9.0 percent (vs 6.4 percent in Q3), led by information & communication electronics equipment, transport equipment, chemical & allied products, production machinery, fabricated metal products, and iron & steel. Also, investment of non-manufacturing companies edged down 0.1 percent (vs 7.6 percent in Q3) due to real estate, goods rental & leasing, and production, transmission & distribution of electricity.
2020-03-01
Japan Q3 Capital Spending Rises the Most in Over a Year
Japanese companies raised spending on plant and equipment by 7.1 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019, following a 1.9 percent gain in the previous period. This was the strongest growth in corporate capital spending in over a year, as investment of manufacturing rebounded (7.7 percent vs -1.7 percent in Q2), boosted by petroleum and coal products (5.9 percent vs -48.7 percent), fabricated metal products (2.8 percent vs -1.2 percent), production machinery (18.6 percent vs -3.5 percent), electrical machinery, equipment (5.5 percent vs -9.2 percent), and information & communication electronics equipment (18.9 percent vs -43.4 percent). Also, investment of non-manufacturing companies grew further (7.6 percent vs 7 percent), driven by wholesale & retail trade (17.1 percent vs 7.8 percent), and production ,transmission and distribution of electricity (10.7 percent vs -23 percent).
2019-12-02

Japan Capital Spending
Capital Spending in Japan refers to a year-on-year change in capital investments of private profit-making corporations with capital of 10 million yen or over. The survey includes all industries except finance and insurance.