Machinery Orders in December, 2012 and Forecast for Jan.- Mar. 2013


  1. The total value of machinery orders received by 280 manufacturers operating in Japan decreased by 1.6% in December from the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis. In October-December period it increased by 2.8% compared with the previous quarter.
    Private-sector machinery orders, excluding volatile ones for ships and those from electric power companies, rose a seasonally adjusted by 2.8% in December, and showed increase by 2.0% in October-December period.

  2. In the January-March period the total amount of machinery orders was forecasted to rise by 10.5% and private-sector orders, excluding volatile ones, were forecasted to increase by 0.8% from the previous quarter respectively. This forecast was basically made by summing up the figures from 280 machinery manufacturers.

  3. In 2012 Year the total amount of machinery orders fell by 4.3%. Also private-sector orders, excluding volatile ones, decreased by 0.9%.

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