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Economic Takeaways From Japan's Retail Sales, Spending Data

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Breaking Down Japan's Retail Sales, Employment Data

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What you need to know about Tuesday’s data released in Japan: The numbers for February paint a mixed-to-negative picture of the Japanese economy, maintaining pressure on Shinzo Abe’s government and the central bank to consider more fiscal and monetary stimulus.

The takeaway: The data show an economy struggling to rebound after contracting last quarter, when waning private consumption dragged gross domestic product into negative territory. The gain in retail sales measured year-on-year was exaggerated by the 2016 leap year, which provided more shopping time in February.