Japan in recession after Q2 growth revised down

Japan's economy is technically in recession after authorities said revised figures for the April-June quarter showed the economy shrank for two straight quarters.

The Cabinet Office said Monday that gross domestic product for the July-September quarter shrank 0.9 per cent from the previous quarter, unchanged from the preliminary release.

Going back to the April-June quarter, however, GDP was revised to a 0.03 per cent decline from the previous quarter, or a 0.1 per cent contraction at an annualized pace.

Previously, the Cabinet had said second quarter GDP grew 0.1 per cent from the previous quarter.

A widely accepted definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.