Japanese retail sales jumped at the fastest level in 17 years in March, climbing an expected 11% on year after growing 3.6% in February.
On month, sales soared 16.1% vs +1.3%.
The reason for the large gain is that consumers rushed to purchase goods before a rise in sales tax to 8% from 5% went into effect on April 1. The upshot is that sales are expected to fall this month but then recover in May.
The Nikkei is -1.05%, while the USD-JPY is +0.05% at ¥102.25.