OSAKA — The department store chain Sogo Co. began clearance sales Friday at its Osaka flagship store and eight outlets earmarked for closure later this month.

The eight Sogo stores holding closure sales are the outlets in Sapporo; Kinshicho, Tokyo; Toyota, Aichi Prefecture; Nara; Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture; Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture; and the two Kitakyushu branches in Kurosaki and Kokura.

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