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When Consumers Cut Back: A Lesson From Japan
NYT, February 21, 2009

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Economy

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4 Responses to “When Consumers Cut Back”

  1. Dow says:

    Average vs median. Income inequality in Japan among the middle class is skyrocketing but you wouldn’t know it from that chart. Guess the NYT didn’t want to scare folks.

  2. willid3 says:

    looks just like the US doesn’t it?

  3. Rajesh says:

    The scales on these graphs are different. The percentage drop in spending is less than the percentage drop in income, although you wouldn’t know if based on the first glance at the graph. The drop in the savings rate is very dramatic.

  4. Lynn says:

    If the NYT is going to show Average Household Spending it needs to show Average Household Income. Otherwise it looks like Average Income in 1985 was $35,000 and Average Spending was $36,000 ( = $3000 x 12 months). But somehow the savings rate was 15%.