Nov 15, 8:02 PM EST

Japan slips into technical recession with latest contraction

Archery on horseback still draws crowd
Ainu Rebels reclaim cultural pride
Japanese defend whaling tradition
Japan deals with 'Minimata Disease'
Latest News
Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands

UN refugee head: Japan should accept more, fix asylum system

Japan defense minister supports US in South China Sea

Bangladesh police investigate missing Japanese businesswoman

First Japanese rocket with commercial payload launched

Buy AP Photo Reprints
A district summary of the Beige Book
Measuring economic stress by county nationwide
Mall malaise: shoppers browse, but don't buy
Unemployment by the numbers
Family struggles with father's unemployment
Saying an affordable goodbye
Hard times hit small car dealer
Latest Economic News
Signs of steady US economy: Rising pay and solid job market

UK backs off cuts to tax breaks for lower income households

Since '01, Clintons collected $35M from financial businesses

US economy grew at 2.1 percent rate in third quarter

South Africa narrowly avoids entering a recession

German execs remain optimistic despite Paris attacks

French economy already hurting from attacks, survey finds

Airstrikes hurt, but don't halt, IS oil smuggling operations

Argentina runoff election could bring big changes in economy

Key areas of Argentine economy that elections could affect

Greece's Debt Threatens to Spread
State budget
gaps map
Auto industry problems trickle down, punish Tennessee county
Women give old Derby hats a makeover in tough economy
S.C. town deals with highest unemployment in South
How mortgages were bundled and sold as securities
Tracking the $700 billion financial bailout
Tracking the year's job losses
State-by-state foreclosures since 2007
Credit crisis explained
Presidents and their economic legacies
Lexicon of the financial crisis
Americans' addiction to debt
Related Stories
McKelvin recalls fumble in Bills' last Monday night meltdown

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's economy shrank in the July-September quarter as domestic demand declined, sending the nation into a technical recession.

The numbers from the Cabinet Office Monday showed that gross domestic product, the value of a nation's goods and services, declined at an annualized pace of 0.8 percent in the third quarter, and contracted a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent from the previous quarter.

That meant the world's third-biggest economy slipped into a technical recession because it had contracted in the second quarter as well.

The government showed in its preliminary GDP estimates that domestic demand fell 1.2 percent at an annual rate.

Japan has been slipping in and out of such periods of contractions, while eking out growth in between. Weak GDP numbers could prompt fresh government stimulus measures.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.