Japan PPI for April

+0.7% m/m

  • expected 0.5%, prior revised to 1.0% from 0.8% m/m

+3.6% y/y

  • expected 3.1%, prior revised to 1.2% from 1.0% y/y

Producer Price Index is inflation at a business-to-business level (in a nutshell). It is also known as the Corporate Goods Price Index, which is probably a better indication as to what it is.

  • In the release is also an indication of consumer prices. The 'domestic final goods prices' index, which loosely correlates with CPI. Comes in at 1.7% y/y

The Bank of Japan is looking for higher inflation (CPI) and may take some encouragement from this data coming in above expectations and up from March.