August: The Recession Indicator marks 10.5%
－ The Leading Index rose for three successive months
The Recession Indicator for Japan released by Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) marks 10.5% (Figure 1). The Leading Index as an underlying data rose for three successive months, due to improvements in inventory ratio of producer goods for mining and manufacturing, growth in money stock (M2), sales forecast of small businesses, and others. On October 7, the Cabinet Office revised upward the assessment of the economy, which is calculated mechanically from the coincidence index, from "worsening" to "halting to fall" for the first time in 13 months. The behavior of the recession probability suggests that the Japanese economy has already got out of a recession.
【Figure 1. The Recession Indicator (August 2020)】
【Table 1. The Recession Indicator and the Leading Index (over the last year)】
* The estimation method of the Recession Indicator has revised since the release in July 2020. Please refer to here) for more details.
－ The Leading Index rose to the highest level since June 2018
－ The leading index rose for the first time in two months
－ The leading index fell for the first time in seven months
－ The Leading Index rose for six consecutive months
－ The Leading Index rose for five consecutive months