Japan’s wholesale inflation hits file excessive as worth stress broadens By Reuters

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By Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s wholesale inflation hit a file 9.0% in November, pushing positive factors for a ninth straight month, an indication upward stress on costs from provide bottlenecks and rising uncooked materials prices have been broadening.

The rising value pressures, coupled with a weak yen that inflates the value of imported items, add to ache for the world’s third-largest economic system because it emerges from a consumption stoop attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Japan imports a variety of items, so costs could rise for a spread of merchandise. That would dent consumption,” stated Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Analysis Institute.

The year-on-year rise within the company items worth index (CGPI), which measures the costs firms cost one another for his or her items and providers, was the quickest tempo since comparable knowledge turned accessible in 1981.

It exceeded a median market forecast for an 8.5% achieve and a revised 8.3% rise in October, Financial institution of Japan knowledge confirmed on Friday.

An index measuring yen-based import costs rose a file 44.3% in November from a yr earlier in an indication a weak yen was inflating enter prices for Japan, which depends closely on imports for power and meals merchandise.

Oil and coal costs spiked 49.3% in November from a yr earlier, accelerating from a 44.4% achieve in October. Different key drivers have been metal items, which rose 23.9%, and chemical items, which have been up 14.1%, the information confirmed.

In an indication the upward stress was broadening, wholesale costs additionally crept up for meals and equipment items as extra firms handed on rising enter prices, it confirmed.

However the pass-through stays modest for last items. Whereas uncooked materials prices spiked 74.6% in November from a yr earlier, last items costs have been up simply 4.6%.

“It is true wholesale last items costs are rising however the tempo stays modest,” a BOJ official informed a briefing. “Many firms are nonetheless cautiously watching whether or not worth hikes can be accepted by clients.”

Whereas Japan has not been proof against the impression of rising commodity inflation, corporations have been cautious about passing on larger prices to shoppers on issues cost-sensitive households could maintain again on spending. Core shopper costs rose simply 0.1% in October from a yr earlier.

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