Japan's housing starts index retreated to 5.8% during the 12 months ended June, compared with a prior 6.4% last year, and the analysts' expectations referred to 4.6%.

Annualized housing starts recorded 0.817 million units through June, compared with a previous 0.815 million units, while the anticipations estimated of 0.809 units. Moreover, annualized construction orders in Japan came out at 6.0%, from 25.5% a year earlier.