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Consumer Confidence Survey

This survey is carried out every month to gain a quick understanding of shifts in consumer perception as a tool in evaluating economic trends.
Please see the"explanation" page of this survey for more details

What's new

  • This page has been renewed; some comments and graphs from the latest survey have been added. (17 April 2014) New

Summary of the latest survey

The Survey of March 2014 was released on April 17th, 2014 New

  • This survey was conducted on March 15th, 2014.
  • It covered 8,400 households (Households of two or more persons are 5,712,One-person households are 2,688).
  • The response rate was 67.5% (Households of two or more persons:72.3%, One-person households :57.4%)

1. Consumer Confidence Index, Consumer Perception Indices

  • The Consumer Confidence Index (seasonally adjusted series) in March 2013 was 37.5, down 1.0 points from the previous month.
  • The categories of the Consumer Perception Indices (seasonally adjusted series), which are comprised of the Consumer Confidence Index in March are as follows;
        Overall livelihood: 35.0 (down 1.0 from previous month)
        Income growth: 38.2 (down 0.1 from previous month)
        Employment:45.9 (dowm 0.9 from previous month)
        Willingness to buy durable goods:30.8 (down 2.0 from previous month)

graph1:Consumer Confidence Index(Two-or-more-person Households,seasonally adjusted series)

2. Price expectations a year ahead

  • The percentage of a group who expect "Go up" in March was 89.7%, an increase 0.4% points from the previous month.
  • The percentage of a group who expect " stay the same about 0%" in March was 4.2%, a decrease of 0.5% points from the previous month.
  • The percentage of a group who expect "Go down" in March was 4.3%, an increase 0.2% points from the previous month.

graph2:Price expectations a year ahead(Households of two or more persons)

(note) The data of mail survey from July 2012 to March 2013 were the results of examination survey (referential data).

Time series data


  1. The survey method was changed to "mail survey method" from April 2013.
  2. At the same time, the released time-series tables were reviewed from April 2013. (The time-series data of Tokyo was scrapped.)
  3. The change of survey method from April 2013 has some impacts on the results of the survey.
  4. The results of April 2013 survey were compared to those of the examination survey * on March 2013.

* The examination survey was carried out from July 2012 to March 2013 via the mail survey method for the purpose of analysis of the impact on the results by the change of survey method.

Schedule of release


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