Japan Capacity Utilization

Capacity Utilization in Japan decreased to 104.90 Index Points in February of 2014 from 107.70 Index Points in January of 2014. Capacity Utilization in Japan is reported by the Ministry of Economy, Japan. Capacity Utilization in Japan averaged 100.57 Index Points from 1968 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 122 Index Points in November of 1968 and a record low of 62.70 Index Points in February of 2009. . This page provides - Japan Capacity Utilization - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-23

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
104.90 107.70 122.00 62.70 104.59 | 2014/03 1968 - 2014 Index Points Monthly
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Japan Capacity Utilization
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Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Bankruptcies 814.00 2014-03-15 782.00 1965.00 6.00 796.24 2014-04-30 Companies [+]
Capacity Utilization 104.90 2014-02-15 107.70 122.00 62.70 104.59 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Car Registrations 417136.00 2014-03-15 300007.00 585449.00 83044.00 229135.50 2014-04-30 Cars [+]
Changes in Inventories -2780.10 2013-11-15 -2902.10 6581.40 -6618.80 -2803.55 2014-03-31 JPY Billion [+]
Coincident Index 113.00 2014-02-15 114.90 117.30 78.30 114.47 2014-03-31 [+]
Economy Watchers Survey 57.90 2014-03-15 53.00 57.90 15.90 58.84 2014-04-30 [+]
Industrial Production Mom -2.31 2014-02-15 3.80 6.85 -16.46 0.25 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Leading Composite Index 108.90 2014-02-15 113.50 113.90 77.10 112.51 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Machinery Orders -8.77 2014-02-15 13.36 25.52 -15.78 -1.06 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Manufacturing Pmi 53.90 2014-03-15 55.50 56.20 29.60 56.23 2014-04-30 [+]
Manufacturing Production 4.83 2013-11-15 5.36 29.34 -37.18 5.69 2013-12-31 Percent [+]
New Orders 862.45 2014-02-15 1073.95 1624.18 702.28 1023.50 2014-02-28 JPY Billion [+]
Industrial Production 7.00 2014-02-28 10.30 33.10 -38.60 6.90 2014-02-28 Percent [+]
Business Confidence 17.00 2014-03-31 16.00 53.00 -58.00 10.00 2014-06-30 [+]
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Capacity Utilization | Notes
The capacity utilization rate, also called operating rate, shows the relationship between actual produced output and potential output that could be reached with available labor and equipment. The measure is shown in a percentage rate, where 100 percent indicates full capacity. For example, if an industry is working at a 65% capacity utilization rate, it means that without incurring the expensive costs of building a new plant or facility it has room to increase production by 35 percentage points.


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