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Domestic commercial sales fell 4.7 percent in July to 46.25 trillion yen from the same month a year ago, marking the 25th consecutive month of declining sales, according to a preliminary report issued Monday by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Retail sales slipped 2.5 percent to 11.77 trillion yen, the 28th consecutive month of decline, with six of seven retail sectors suffering slumping sales.

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