The economic trend index for August announced by the Cabinet Office was 101.7 based on the ``coincidence index'', which indicates the current state of the economy, with 2015 as 100, an increase of 1.6 points from the previous month for the third consecutive month. Did.

This was due to increased production and shipments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, as well as increased sales of food products to restaurants.

The economic judgment mechanically derived from index movements was left unchanged with the expression "improvement".

On the other hand, the "leading index", which indicates the future of the economy, rose for the first time in four months to 100.9, up 2.0 points from the previous month, due to factors such as an increase in the area of ​​housing starts.