Japanese consumer confidence deteriorates in January


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing protective face masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk towards the Ameyoko shopping district in Tokyo, Japan December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese consumer confidence fell in January for a second month, the government said on Monday, as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus dampened shoppers’ moods.

A Cabinet Office survey showed the general household confidence index, which includes views on income and jobs, was 36.7 in January, down from 39.1 in December.

The government downgraded its assessment of the sentiment index, saying it was stagnating.

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