Combined sales by wholesalers and retailers dropped 1.9 percent in July from a year earlier for the sixth consecutive month, the government said Thursday.

Sales by retailers fell 2.7 percent to 11.38 trillion yen, while those by wholesalers dropped 1.6 percent to 32.95 trillion yen, bringing the total decline to 44.33 trillion yen, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a report.

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