Combined sales by Japanese retailers and wholesalers rose 0.9 percent in November from a year before to 45.919 trillion yen to mark the second consecutive month of growth, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry said Tuesday.

Wholesalers’ sales rose 1.4 percent to 34.995 trillion yen for the second straight monthly increase, but retailers’ sales slid 0.7 percent to 10.924 trillion yen for a record 44th consecutive monthly drop, the ministry said in a preliminary report.

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