Summary: Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto commented today in Japan that, "Christmas sales numbers will be an important indicator to assess the U.S. economy. But it doesn't mean that we won't be able to make any policy changes until we see those results." Muto also said the BoJ doesn't base its policy decisions solely on consumer prices, referring to the forthcoming November Japanese consumer price data due out in December. While Muto doesn't think financial markets will react negatively to an immediate rate hike, he did maintain the BoJ's stance that rates will be raised "gradually."
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