Kansai Economic Insight Monthly Vol.75 (July 2019)
Summary: Further economic deterioration in sight
･ Production in May expanded MoM for the second month in a row.
･ Although Kansai registered a trade surplus for the first time in two months in June, both exports and imports shrank YoY.
･ The Economy Watchers’ Diffusion Index (DI) in June deteriorated MoM for the second consecutive month.
･ Both nominal and real wages in April decreased YoY for the second consecutive month.
･ Sales by large retailers in May expanded YoY for the first time in two months.
･ The number of new housing starts in May plummeted sharply (-27.5% YoY), decreasing for the second consecutive month.
･ Although the effective job offers-to-applicants ratio in May declined slightly, the absolute numbers of both job offers and applicants increased. The unemployment rate remained unchanged.
･ Construction works in May expanded YoY for the 15th month in a row. However, public works contracts declined.
･ The number of international arrivals at Kansai International Airport in June grew YoY for the ninth month in a row.
･ China’s Q2 real GDP expanded +6.2% YoY, the slowest growth rate since 1992.