The Japanese government has downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in five months, as a string of weak data hammers hopes for a quick recovery following Tokyo’s April sales tax hike.

The monthly report acknowledged spending at home had stalled, throwing into question Tokyo’s plans to hike sales taxes again next year as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a rare acknowledgement that his growth blitz was taking a hit.

But the report added that depressed conditions were due partly to poor weather—Japan was inundated with heavy rainfall and a string of typhoons this summer.

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