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Japan family spending falls 5 pct in July

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — Japan’s family spending fell 5.0 p.c in July from a yr earlier, the most important drop in additional than two years, with consumption being squeezed by rising costs, authorities knowledge confirmed on Tuesday.

Households of two or extra individuals spent a median of 281,736 yen (about 1,900 U.S. {dollars}), sliding for the fifth consecutive month and marking the sharpest fall since a 6.5-percent drop in February 2021, in keeping with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

By class, meals expenditure, accounting for round one-third of family spending, fell 2.8 p.c, amid rising costs for fish and meat.

Spending on medical provides comparable to face masks and thermometers declined after the authorized standing of COVID-19 was downgraded to the identical class as seasonal flu.

Meanwhile, spending on lodging and package deal excursions elevated 10.6 p.c and seven.7 p.c, respectively, as individuals traveled throughout their summer time holidays after the removing of coronavirus restrictions.