June 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s service sector sentiment index fell to 47.7 in May, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Tuesday, the first fall in six months.
The survey of workers such as taxi drivers, hotel workers and restaurant staff — called “economy watchers” for their proximity to consumer and retail trends — showed their confidence about current economic conditions fell from 49.8 in April.
The Cabinet Office started compiling the data in comparative form in August 2001.
The outlook index, indicating the level of confidence in future conditions, fell to 48.7 from 49.9 in April. (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano)