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Japan's Economy Shrinks at Annual 12.7% Pace, Most Since 1974 Oil Shocks
Japans GDP Shrinks 12.7%, Most Since 1974 Oil Shock (Update2)
By Jason Clenfield


Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Japans economy shrank at an annual 12.7 percent pace last quarter, the most since the 1974 oil shock, amid an unprecedented collapse in exports and production.

Gross domestic product fell for a third straight quarter in the three months ended Dec. 31, the Cabinet Office said today in Tokyo. The median estimate of 26 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News was for an 11.6 percent contraction.

Exports plunged a record 13.9 percent from the third quarter as global demand for Corolla cars and Bravia televisions evaporated. Toyota Motor Corp., Sony Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. -- all of which are forecasting losses -- are firing thousands of workers, heightening the risk a slump in household spending will prolong the recession.

The economy is in terrible shape and the scary part is that were likely to see a similar drop this quarter, said Seiji Adachi, a senior economist at Deutsche Securities Inc. in Tokyo. All we can do is wait for overseas demand to pick up. ........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=al6...




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