Japanese household spending rises first time in 14 months

Japanese household spending rose for the first time in 14 months in April, even as consumers spent less on food.

The internal affairs ministry says households of two or more people spent an average of 313,300 yen, or about 2,000 dollars, in April.

That's up 0.5 percent from a year earlier when adjusted for inflation.

Expenditures on food dipped 2.7 percent as higher food prices damped demand.

Spending on culture and recreation fell 9.2 percent as a weaker yen curbed the appeal of overseas travel.

Outlays for education rose 25.9 percent as price cuts some universities offered as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic ended.