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MNI BRIEF: Japan Q1 GDP To Be Revised Up On Stronger Capex

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Capital investment is expected to be revised up slightly from initial estimates, which should drive up Japan's Q1 GDP, economists predicted following the publication of a government survey.

The median forecast by six economists for revised Q1 GDP is 0.5% q/q, or an annualised 1.8%, compared with the preliminary estimate of 0.4% q/q, or an annualised +1.6%.

The Cabinet Office will release revised (second preliminary) GDP data for Q1 on June 8.

Economists expect Q1 capex to be revised up to 1.3% q/q from the initial 0.9% reading , with forecasts ranging from 0.9% to 1.6%, based on the results of the Ministry of Finance's survey released Thursday (see: MNI BRIEF: Japan Q1 Capex Up Q/Q, GDP Revised Higher).

Private consumption is forecast by economists to be unrevised at 0.6% on quarter. Economists expected public investment to be revised to 2.2% q/q in Q1 from 2.4% in Q3. The contribution of private-sector inventories to the total domestic output is forecast to be unrevised at 0.1pp.

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