TOKYO, April 2 Big Japanese manufacturers'
sentiment was unchanged in the first quarter from the quarter
before, a closely watched Bank of Japan survey showed, in a sign
they remain worried about the yen's strength and global economic
The headline index for big manufacturers' sentiment was
minus 4 in March, unchanged from December and lower than the
median market forecast for minus 1, the closely watched
quarterly tankan survey showed on Monday.
Big manufacturers expect conditions to improve slightly over
the next three months, with the index for June seen at minus 3,
compared with a median forecast of plus 2.
The survey also showed big firms plan to keep their capital
spending unchanged in the financial year that started on April
1, compared to a median forecast for a 1.0 percent increase, the
The sentiment indexes are derived by subtracting the
percentage of respondents who say conditions are poor from those
who say they are good. A negative reading means pessimists