Japan January services sector sentiment deteriorates

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A waitress serves Japanese sake to customers during a dinner at Japanese restaurant Kazu, the first day after Japan lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID) outbreak -19), in Tokyo, Japan, on October 1, 2021. D

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s services sector confidence index fell in January for the first time in five months, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday, taking a swipe at the brakes to stem a record rise in coronavirus infections. coronavirus.

The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff, called “economy watchers” for their closeness to consumer and retail trends, showed that their Confidence in current economic conditions fell 19.6 points to a five-month low of 37.9 in January.

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