Japan's growth streak starts to look shakier

People cross a street in Tokyo's shopping and entertainment district of Shibuya on Sept. 29

That was shy of expectations for a gain of 0.4% and down from 0.6% in the second quarter. Japan's economy has now grown for seven consecutive quarters, according to Reuters. The largest contributor was net exports, which boosted quarter-over-quarter growth by 0.5 percentage points, while the largest drag was from household consumption, which deducted 0.3 percentage points.

Domestic consumption accounts for roughly 60 percent of Japan's GDP and fell by 0.2 percent in the July-to-September period, the Cabinet Office reported Wednesday.

On an annualized basis, GDP gained 1.4% - again missing expectations for 1.5% and down from the upwardly revised 2.6% increase in the three months prior (originally 2.5%).

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"On average, the Japanese economy is on track for a gradual recovery", Dai-ichi Life Research Institute Chief Economist Yoshiki Shinke said in a statement.

Compared to the previous quarter, GDP rose 0.3 percent.

Falling prices can discourage spending by consumers, who may postpone purchases until prices drop further or save the money instead.

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