Japan - Retail Sales

Japan: Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT.IJPN
Unit Bil. JPY, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 16.31 %
Data Jan 2021 12,097
Dec 2020 14,454

Series Information

Source Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) - Japan
Release Monthly Report on the Current Survey of Commerce
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1980
End Date 1/31/2021

Japan: Consumer

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Consumer Confidence Feb 2021 33.8 29.6 Index, SA Monthly
Retail Sales Jan 2021 12,097 14,454 Bil. JPY, NSA Monthly

Release Information

The "Current Survey of Commerce" is conducted to clarify the trends in Japan in business activities of establishments (including department stores, chain stores, supermarkets, other large-scale stores and convenience stores) engaged in trade. Commercial Sales figures include all retailers; large-scale figures only include supermarket and department store figures. Monthly from 2002.

For this survey, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) commissions prefectural governments, through the survey-takers, to request the surveyed establishments to fill in questionnaires, which are then collected. The Ministry also directly request the head offices of the department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, large-scale specialty retailers for home electric appliances, drugstores and the home improvement stores to fill in questionnaires and then retrieve the data from them.

The industry classification is JSIC.

Data is revised when new data becomes available.

The growth figures are calculated based on the indices not the actual values. When comparing the two there are discrepancies because the indices would have been calculated base from rounding up of the actual values. It's collected from the commodity base level and leading up to the top, which leads to greater differences if you're comparing the total indices growth vs total actual values growth.

For more information please refer to the source file.