Japan on Friday released a mixed bag of economic data, which have been closely-watched ahead of the country's first sales tax hike in 17 years that goes into effect next week.
The nationwide core consumer price index rose for a ninth straight month in February, up 1.3 percent from the year-ago period, in line with forecast by analysts polled by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the forward-looking Tokyo core consumer price index climbed 1 percent in March from the year before, slightly higher than a Reuters forecast for a 0.9 percent rise.
Household spending fell 2.5 percent in February year on year, short of the Reuters forecast for a 0.1 percent increase.
Retail spending surprised on the upside though, gaining 3.6 percent in February on year, better than expectations of a 3.2 percent rise.