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Japan’s retail sales slipped 1.4 percent in August from a year before to reach 10.78 trillion yen, extending a record slump to 29 consecutive months, due to the continued consumption decline and cool weather in western Japan, according to a preliminary report issued Monday by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Retail sales of items such as summer wear, food and drinks, and air conditioners were dragged down by a long spell of rainy weather in western Japan, despite hot weather in eastern Japan that boosted sales of these items.

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