Japanese Business Activity
|Industrial Production||91.9||Apr 2013||+1.66 %|
|Industrial Production (Change)||1.7||Apr 2013|
|Retail Trade||11,341||Jan 2012||-13.09 %|
|Retail Trade (Change)||-13.1||Jan 2012|
|Retail Trade Index||100.8||Jan 2012||-13.03 %|
|Retail Trade Index (Change)||-13.0||Jan 2012|
Business Activity indicators vary country by country, but in general are designed to show monthly trends in national business activity. Indicators common to many countries include retail sales (monthly reports tracking the level of consumer spending) and industrial production (reports showing total value of output for factories, mines, utilities, and so on). These indicators are calculated differently by each country, so cannot be used to compare country to country.