Japan’s economy contracts worse than expected in 3rd quarter

Japan’s economy contracted at an annualized pace of 2.1% in the third quarter of this year, much worse than economists’ expectations, according to the provisional data on Wednesday. The figure, shifting from 4.8% year-on-year growth in the second quarter, was the largest contraction in two years, the Cabinet Office data showed. The market had expected the world’s third-largest economy would shrink 0.6% from a year ago in July-September. Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) also fell 0.5% in the third quarter from the previous three-month period, deeper than economists’ estimate of a 0.1% contraction. In the second quarter, the Japanese economy had grown 1.2% from the first quarter.

Source: EN – Anadolu Agency