Japan Convenience Store Sales Up 0.8 Pct in Jan.

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--Sales at convenience stores in Japan in January rose 0.8 pct from a year before to 792.4 billion yen on a same-store basis, up for the third straight month, an industry group said Wednesday.

The growth reflected brisk sales of coffee and fried foods offered beside cash registers and a rise in concert ticket sales, the Japan Franchise Association said.

The number of shoppers fell 1.0 pct to 1,238.28 million, down for the third straight month. Per-customer spending advanced 1.7 pct to 639 yen.

Price hikes due to a tobacco tax increase and other reasons helped push up January sales. Another positive factor was increased purchases of precut vegetables and frozen foods.

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