TOKYO -- Japan's real gross domestic product shrank for a second straight month in August, down 0.2% from July, according to estimates published Monday by the Japan Center for Economic Research.
Declines were seen in both personal and business activity.
Consumer spending fell 0.7% as inclement weather depressed shopping for apparel, dining out and other activities.
Capital spending slid 0.4% for the fourth straight month of declines amid a lull in machinery investment.
Residential investment has begun looking "spent," JCER said, with an August drop of 1.1% reflecting slowness in condominium starts.