Sales at power suppliers down 6.3%


Electricity sales by the nation’s 10 major power utilities in July fell 6.3 percent from a year before to 68.482 billion kwh, down for the second straight month, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said Monday.

The fall stemmed from a decline in demand for air conditioners because of lower temperatures, as well as power-saving efforts by companies and households.

Sales to households were down 12.4 percent at 19.410 billion kwh, the largest decrease for the month of July.

The decrease reflected a shorter period of sales counted for July than a year before, in addition to power-saving efforts.

Sales to large-lot industrial users fell 1.8 percent to 23.736 billion kwh, down for the second straight month.

All but Tohoku Electric Power Co. saw their overall sales drop.

Kansai Electric Power Co.’s sales dropped 10.6 percent, the biggest fall among them.