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Supermarket sales in Japan fall 7.1% in July

A shopper selects vegetables at a supermarket in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's supermarket sales fell 7.1 percent in July from a year earlier on a same-store basis for the fourth consecutive month of decline, hit by a relatively longer rainy season, an industry body said Wednesday.

    Sales at 10,504 supermarkets operated by 56 companies totaled 1.01 trillion yen ($9.5 billion), while the rate of decrease on a same-store basis was the largest since March 2015, which was 8.6 percent, according to the Japan Chain Stores Association.

    Sales of food, which accounted for about 66 percent of the total, fell 5.3 percent, and those of clothes dropped 16.2 percent, dragged down by weak sales of summer items, according to the association.

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