Power sales fell for 10th straight month in February


Electricity sales by the nation’s 10 major power suppliers in February dropped 1.7 percent year on year to 72,893 million kilowatt-hours, down for the 10th consecutive month, an industry group said Friday.

The decrease reflects a fall in demand for electricity for heating following a warmer than usual winter, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

Sales to large industrial users decreased by 0.6 percent to 20,269 million kilowatt-hours, down for the 22nd straight month. But the margin of decrease shrank from January’s 3.2 percent, thanks to the leap year.

Sales to nonferrous metal producers and chemical makers increased, while sales to five other key sectors, including steel makers, fell.