Machinery Orders in March, 2012 and Forecast for Apr.- Jun. 2012


  1. The total value of machinery orders received by 280 manufacturers operating in Japan increased by 4.1% in March from the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis. In January-March period it rose by 7.1% compared with the previous quarter.
    Private-sector machinery orders, excluding volatile ones for ships and those from electric power companies, decreased a seasonally adjusted by 2.8% in March, and showed increase by 0.9% in January-March period.

  2. In the April-June period the total amount of machinery orders was forecasted to decrease by 9.4% and private-sector orders, excluding volatile ones, were forecasted to rise by 2.5% from the previous quarter respectively. This forecast was basically made by summing up the figures from 280 machinery manufacturers.

  3. In 2011 Fisical Year the total amount of machinery orders increased by 2.7%. Also private-sector orders, excluding volatile ones, rose by 6.2%.

Table: Percentage Change from Previous Quarter(month)


Chart-1 Total Value of Machinery Orders and Chart-2 Private Sector (exc. Volatile Orders)
Table-1 Machinery Orders by Sectors
Table-2 Percentage Change by Industrial Classification in Private Sector