Japan's economy has limped out of recession with 2.2% GDP growth

Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for MORINAGA

Official figures show Japan’s economy expanded 2.2% in the 12 months to December, lifting the country out of recession.

However, the number was lower than the 3.7% expected by analysts.

The soft rebound saw the economy grow 0.6% over the three months to December, up from -0.6% in the previous quarter but below expectations of 0.9%.

The central bank, the Bank of Japan, will decide in the next few days whether the economy needs further monetary easing.

The world’s third-largest economy went into a technical recession in the third quarter last year with the economy shrinking 1.9%.

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.