TOKYO -- Japan's gross domestic product edged up for the second consecutive month in January, rising 0.5% from December in real terms, according to data compiled Monday by the Japan Center for Economic Research.
Exports increased 5% on a weak yen while capital spending grew 3.7% on increased output for exports. They offset declines in consumer spending and elsewhere.
Consumer spending fell 0.6%. Housing investment slipped 0.1%, and investment in public works dropped 1.4%.