FamilyMart sales fell 3% in April

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Sales at FamilyMart Co. in April fell 3 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, the convenience store operator said Monday.

Cigarette sales dropped following a surge in demand before the April 1 consumption tax hike to 8 percent from 5 percent, pushing down overall same-store sales by some 4 percent.

But same-store sales excluding cigarettes rose thanks to the popularity of “bento” (boxed meals) and fast food.

The company had 9,860 stores across the country at the end of April, up 48 from a month before. All-store sales rose 6.8 percent from a year before.

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