TOKYO -- Japan's real gross domestic product grew 0.2% on the month in September, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Japan Center for Economic Research.
The increase marks the first GDP growth in three months. Private consumption rose 0.3%, recovering from August when bad weather put a damper on spending. Capital investment edged up just 0.1%, but is "trending toward improvement" as machinery shipments increase, the think tank said.
Housing investment dropped 1.2%, falling for a third consecutive month.