Supermarket sales dip for third year

Kyodo

Supermarkets saw a 1.7 percent drop in sales in May for the third consecutive year-on-year fall on a same-store basis, reflecting an unfavorable climate during the latter half of the Golden Week holidays and low temperatures nationwide since the middle of the month, an industry body said Friday.

By sector, food sales, which accounted for 61.1 percent of the total, dropped 1.9 percent, while sales of clothing fell 1.1 percent and those of household products by 0.9 percent, the Japan Chain Stores Association said. Total sales at 7,784 stores run by 57 retailers stood at ¥1.035 trillion, the association said.