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     TOKYO (MNI) - The following are the median forecasts for the key Japanese
data due in the coming week provided by economists surveyed by MNI.
Date           JST/GMT                 Data   Month   Median          Previous
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Tue, Aug 29  0830/2330   Household Spending     Jul      0.6  % y/y        2.3
Tue, Aug 29  0830/2330    Unemployment Rate     Jul      2.8      %        2.8
Wed, Aug 30  0850/2350         Retail Sales     Jul      0.9  % y/y        2.2
Thu, Aug 31  0850/2350    Industrial Output     Jul     -0.4  % m/m        2.2
Real Spending (Households With Two Or More People)
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                                                    Change y/y %
Median Forecast                                              0.6
High Forecast                                                1.6
Low Forecast                                                -0.1
Previous Month                                               2.3
Standard Deviation                                           0.5
No. of Responses                                              14
                                                    Change y/y %
Nomura Securities                                            1.6
Japan Research Institute                                     1.3
SMBC Nikko Securities                                        1.2
Daiwa Institute of Research                                  1.1
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                             1.1
Barclays Securities                                          0.7
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting                       0.7
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                             0.4
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                               0.4
NLI Research Institute                                       0.3
BNP Paribas                                                  0.2
Hamagin Research Institute                                   0.1
Mizuho Research Institute                                   -0.1
Norinchukin Research Institute                              -0.1
Unemployment Rate
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                                           %
Median Forecast                          2.8
High Forecast                            2.9
Low Forecast                             2.7
Previous Month                           2.8
Standard Deviation                       0.0
No. of Responses                          14
                                           %
Daiwa Institute of Research              2.9
Barclays Securities                      2.8
BNP Paribas                              2.8
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute         2.8
Japan Research Institute                 2.8
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting   2.8
Mizuho Research Institute                2.8
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities           2.8
NLI Research Institute                   2.8
Nomura Securities                        2.8
Norinchukin Research Institute           2.8
SMBC Nikko Securities                    2.8
Hamagin Research Institute               2.7
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management         2.7
Preliminary Retail Sales
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                                         Change y/y %
Median Forecast                                   0.9
High Forecast                                     5.1
Low Forecast                                     -0.1
Previous Month                                    2.1
Standard Deviation                                1.5
No. of Responses                                   10
                                         Change y/y %
Hamagin Research Institute                        5.1
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting            2.2
Japan Research Institute                          1.2
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                    1.0
NLI Research Institute                            1.0
BNP Paribas                                       0.8
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                  0.6
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                  0.5
Nomura Securities                                 0.4
Mizuho Research Institute                        -0.1
Preliminary  Industrial Production
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                                         Change m/m %
Median Forecast                                  -0.4
High Forecast                                     0.4
Low Forecast                                     -1.4
Previous Month                                    2.2
Standard Deviation                                0.5
No. of Responses                                   14
                                         Change m/m %
SMBC Nikko Securities                             0.4
Hamagin Research Institute                        0.2
Japan Research Institute                          0.2
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management                  0.1
Daiwa Institute of Research                      -0.1
BNP Paribas                                      -0.2
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities                   -0.3
Norinchukin Research Institute                   -0.4
Dai-ichi Life Research Institute                 -0.5
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting           -0.5
Nomura Securities                                -0.5
Barclays Securities                              -0.6
Mizuho Research Institute                        -0.6
NLI Research Institute                           -1.4
--MNI Beijing Bureau; tel: +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: beijing@mni-news.com
--MNI BEIJING Bureau; +1 202-371-2121; email: john.carter@mni-news.com
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