Japan's household spending fell for the third-straight month in February. Consumers held back on traveling and eating out after the government declared a second state of emergency to deal with the pandemic.
A government survey shows that households with two or more people spent an average of over 252,000 yen, or about 2,300 dollars. That's down 6.6 percent from a year earlier, adjusted for inflation.
Separate data show that monthly wages fell for the 11th-straight month in February. Average pay stood at about 265,000 yen, or about 2,400 dollars. That's down 0.2 percent from a year earlier.
Overtime and other extra pay were down by a much bigger margin of 9.3 percent.
The drop was especially steep at hotels, restaurants and other businesses seriously affected by restrictions under the state of emergency.