Japan’s December CPI has been released.
Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.7% in December from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The core consumer price index, which includes oil products but excludes fresh food prices, compared with economists' median estimate for a 0.7% annual gain. Stripping away the effect of fresh food and energy, consumer prices rose 0.9% in December from a year ago.
"Inflation pressures remain absent there, with annual headline inflation expected to print at just 0.7%yr in December," analysts at Westpac explained ahead of the event.
- Japan Dec Nationwide core CPI +0.7% YoY - govt (Reuters poll: +0.7%).
- Japan Dec core-core CPI excluding fresh food, energy prices +0.9% YoY - govt. vs0.8% exp and 0.8% prior.
- Japan Dec Nationwide overall CPI +0.8% YoY - govt vs 0.5% prior and 0.4% expected.
The National Consumer Price Index released by the Statistics Bureau is a measure of price movements obtained by comparison of the retail prices of a representative shopping basket of goods and services. These volatile products such as food and energy are excluded in order to capture an accurate calculation. CPI is the most significant way to measure changes in purchasing trends. The purchase power of JPY is dragged down by inflation. Generally a high reading is seen as positive for the JPY.
The Bank of Japan is dovish and that is priced into the yen. Safe haven flows are more supportive than domestic data.
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