Weak Japanese Growth Puts Pressure On Abe

Weak Japanese growth puts pressure on Abe

TOKYO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - Japan's economy barely grew in the second quarter, revised data showed Thursday, further calling into question Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's big-spending easy-money policy drive.

While the figures were a slight improvement on the zero expansion in earlier estimates -- owing to an upward revision in capital spending and public investment -- they were still well below the previous three months' figures.

And analysts were cool on the prospects for future growth in the world's number-three economy. "It's getting better but the economy is lacking a growth engine and overall the outlook is pretty bleak," said Kohei Iwahara, a Japan economist at French bank Natixis.

"There may be some growth in the third quarter but nothing exciting -- I'm not optimistic.

" Japanese leaders have struggled to get a strong handle on the economy, which contracted in the last three months of 2015, before bouncing back in January-March with a 0.5 percent rise on-quarter and 2.1 percent annualised.

It expanded 0.2 percent on-quarter in April-June and 0.7 percent on an annualised basis. The unsteady trend is putting pressure on Japanese officials to deliver as economists increasingly write off Abe's more than three-year attempt to cement a lasting recovery, dubbed Abenomics.

Tokyo recently announced a whopping 28 trillion Yen ($275 billion) package aimed at kick-starting growth, after Britain's June vote to quit the European Union sent financial markets into a tailspin and sparked a rally in the yen, which is hurting corporate profits.