Japan's households spend less for second month

Spending by Japan's households fell for the second month in a row in September, when a coronavirus state of emergency was still in effect.

A survey by the internal affairs ministry shows that households with two or more people spent an average of just over 265,000 yen, or about 2,330 dollars.

That's down 1.9 percent from a year earlier, adjusted for inflation. The decline was smaller than in August.

Spending on groceries, dining out and alcohol fell 3.5 percent.

Consumers also spent less on cultural activities and recreation, including accommodations and package tours. Household spending in that category was down 8.6 percent.

Transportation and communication, which include spending on automobiles and auto parts, fell 6.5 percent, as a semiconductor shortage forced automakers to scale-back output.