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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

  • The seasonal adjusted data from April 2013 are revised. (8 April 2016)
  • The explanation page is also renewed. (8 April 2016)

Summary of the latest survey

The Survey of April 2016 was released on May 9th, 2016 New

  • This survey was conducted on April 15th, 2016.
  • It covered 8,400 households (Households of two or more persons are 5,712,One-person households are 2,688).
  • The response rate was 65.2% (Households of two or more persons:69.9%, One-person households :55.3%)

1. Consumer Confidence Index, Consumer Perception Indices

  • The Consumer Confidence Index (seasonally adjusted series) in April 2016 was 40.8, down 0.9 points from the previous month.
  • The categories of the Consumer Perception Indices (seasonally adjusted series), which are comprised of the Consumer Confidence Index in April are as follows;
        Overall livelihood: 39.6 (down 0.9 from the previous month)
        Income growth: 40.8 (up 0.2 from the previous month)
        Employment:42.8 (down 1.1 from the previous month)
        Willingness to buy durable goods:39.8 (down 1.9 from the 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 April was 82.3%, an increase of 4.5% points from the previous month.
  • The percentage of a group who expect "stay the same about 0%" in April was 11.0%, a decrease of 2.5% points from the previous month.
  • The percentage of a group who expect "Go down" in April was 4.1%, a decrease of 1.4% points from the previous month.

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

Time series data

(Notes)

  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.

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Contact

Cabinet Office, Government of JapanEconomic and Social Research Institute
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan.