Japanese GDP Plunges 6.8% As Consumer Spending Collapses By Most On Record

Tyler Durden's picture

Compared to the 3.6% drop in GDP when Japan last hiked its consumption tax in 1997, today's Q2 GDP collapse of 6.8% annualized is an utter disaster (even if it is slightly better than the expected -7.0% expectations thanks to a surge in the deflator). Inventory additions added 1.0% growth. Consumer Spending collapsed 5.2% QoQ - the most on record. Of course, in the traditional of Keynesian hockey-sticks, this XX% collapse in Q2 is expected to surge back to a 2.5% growth figure in Q3 and lead Japan to the holy grail once more.. only it didn't quite work out that way last time for Japan. Simply put this is the worst posible outcome for bulls, small beat not enopugh to rejuice QQE. As a gentle reminder of just what happened in 1997 - the last time Japan hiked taxes - we provide the eerily analog chart below...

 

Japanese GDP growth was almost twice as bad as the last time Jap[an hiked its taxes...

 

As Consumer Spending collapsed...

 

Here come the hockey-sticks...

 

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Let's hope the last 10 months was just coincidentally 90% correlated to 1997!!

 

And remember - they were quantitatively easing then too!