People use ATMs at a railway station in Tokyo. File/Agence France-Presse
Japan’s cabinet approved on Monday a record $1.03 trillion budget draft for the next fiscal year starting in April 2021, the Ministry of Finance said, as the coronavirus and stimulus spending puts pressure on already dire public finances.
Japan’s consumer prices fell the fastest in more than a decade, while the job market and retail sales remained subdued, data showed on Friday, raising the risks of a return to deflation as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers demand.
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
Japan’s government is considering downgrading its assessment of the economy next week as the intensifying Sino-US trade war takes a toll on exports and factory output, a government source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. A downgrade in the crucial monthly report could fuel speculation
As of Monday, the total inventory amounted to 21.759 million barrels, 1.8 per cent below that of the previous week.
Brent crude futures climbed 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $56.10 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 20 cents, or 0.4%, to $52.81 a barrel.
Spot gold was down 0.1% to $1,849.16 per ounce while US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,847.50.
The UAE has succeeded in providing all public and private services, which greatly contributed to mitigating the expected impact of the pandemic on the real estate sector, thanks to the proactive measures of the government, says Binghatti.