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MNI POLICY: BOJ Worries High Costs Will Hurt Q1 Spending

(MNI) Tokyo
(MNI) Tokyo

Bank of Japan officials are monitoring whether a higher-than-average propensity to spend can be maintained as prices rise.

Bank of Japan officials are focused on whether a higher-than-average propensity to spend can be maintained, as they worry higher prices may weigh on private consumption that is being supported by pent-up demand, MNI understands.

Whether the propensity-to-consume gains further momentum in the first quarter will be key to forecasting the outlook for spending, which is recovering but is still at low levels.

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Bank of Japan officials are focused on whether a higher-than-average propensity to spend can be maintained, as they worry higher prices may weigh on private consumption that is being supported by pent-up demand, MNI understands.

Whether the propensity-to-consume gains further momentum in the first quarter will be key to forecasting the outlook for spending, which is recovering but is still at low levels.

Keep reading...Show less