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Shipments of beer and “happoshu,” a low-malt, beer-like liquor, fell 0.8 percent in November from a year earlier to 557,607 kiloliters, marking the first decline in two months, according to data released Wednesday by Japan’s five top brewers.

Shipments of beer in November dropped 12.6 percent to 385,663 kiloliters, but those of happoshu rose 42.1 percent to 171,944 kiloliters, according to reports by Asahi Breweries Ltd., Kirin Brewery Co., Sapporo Breweries Ltd., Suntory Ltd. and Orion Breweries Ltd.

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