The "Consumer Attitude Index" in August, which shows consumers' willingness to shop, fell 0.8 points from the previous month, deteriorating for the first time in three months.

It seems that the rapid spread of the new coronavirus infection in various places had an effect.

The Consumer Attitude Index shows the psychology of consumers by asking 8,400 households nationwide about their lifestyles for the next six months and whether it will be time to buy automobiles and home appliances.



In a survey conducted in August, the index for households with two or more people was 36.7, down 0.8 points from the previous month and worsening for the first time in three months.



Regarding the background, the Cabinet Office believes that the rapid spread of the new coronavirus infection in various parts of the country may have affected the area covered by priority measures such as the declaration of emergencies and the prevention of spread.



On the other hand, the keynote judgment of consumer sentiment has left the previous judgment, saying, "Although it is still harsh, the movement to pick up is continuing."



The Cabinet Office said, "Because the willingness to shop is easily affected by the spread of infection, the index is also moving up and down. For full-scale improvement, vaccination will spread and when the infection will converge. Will be important. "

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