Japan Convenience Store Sales Fall Back in Sept.

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 21 (Jiji Press)--Sales at convenience stores in Japan in September fell 1.1 pct year on year to 877.7 billion yen on a same-store basis, down for the first time in two months, the Japan Franchise Association said Monday.

The drop came after a boost last September from the bulk buying of cigarettes before a tax hike in October 2018.

The total number of shoppers at convenience stores in September this year inched up 0.6 pct, rising for the first time in seven months.

With areas throughout Japan hit by high temperatures during the reporting month, sales of cold noodles, ice cream and beverages fared well.

Meanwhile, per-customer spending fell 1.6 pct to 634 yen, down for the first time in 11 months.

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