Convenience Store Shoppers in Japan Log 1st Rise in 30 Months

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--The total number of shoppers at convenience stores in Japan in August inched up 0.03 pct from a year before to 1,401.94 million on a same-store basis, posting the first increase in 30 months, the Japan Franchise Association said Thursday.

The slight growth reflected an increased number of people buying beverages and ice cream amid the scorching heat wave across the nation.

Products placed near cash registers, such as iced coffee, as well as lunch boxes and prepared food continued to sell well.

"Many people may have chosen to shop at convenience stores nearby instead of going far amid torrential rains and typhoons," an association official said.

Same-store sales at convenience stores increased 1.0 pct to 873.1 billion yen, up for the third straight month.

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