Japan's economy still feeling tax hike's bite

A shop staff puts up posters on a window displaying discounted electrical appliances for autumn sale, as a pedestrian walks past outside an electrical retail store in Tokyo. © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's economic recovery has stalled over the past six months, at least judging from certain key indicators. The big question is whether this is a temporary lull or a sign of darkening long-term prospects. Automakers and electronics manufacturers have been forced to curtail output to s...