Japan's industrial production declined in November, while the unemployment rate edged up and retail sales growth slowed from the previous month.
The country's seasonally adjusted industrial production index declined by 1.1% to 104.7 in November from the previous month, preliminary data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed. The original industrial production index rose by 1.4% year over year to 108.1 in November.
Shipments in November dropped by 1.4% from the prior month after seasonal adjustments. The index for inventories edged up by 0.2% to 101.5, while the inventory ratio fell by 1.8%.
Meanwhile, retail sales in Japan edged up by 1.0% month over month in November on a seasonally adjusted basis after a revised 1.3% rise in October, a separate release from the ministry showed. On an annual basis, retail sales growth slowed to 1.4% in November from a revised 3.6% gain in October.
Separately, Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.5% in November, edging up by 0.1 percentage point from the prior month, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed.