Japan's housing starts index increased sharply to 21.2% during the 12 months ended July, compared with a prior incline 5.8% last year, and the analysts' expectations referred to 4.6%.

Annualized housing starts recorded 0.955 million units through July, compared with a previous 0.817 million units, while the anticipations estimated of 0.640 units. Moreover, annualized construction orders in Japan jumped by 5.7%, from 6.0% a year earlier.