ACM - In our view Japan's economic data was decidedly negative. Retail sales exceeded market expectations reaching 0.2% but has slowed since February's peak and when you carve out fuel consumption was -0.1% yoy. Household survey's showed real spending was down -3.2% vs. -2.1% exp and Auto sales slowed to 0.2%. In our mind just more evidence that Japan is facing significant headwind on both the domestic & international front and we expect Jpy to suffer.
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