Combined shipments of beer and “happoshu,” a low-malt, beerlike beverage, fell 4 percent in January from a year earlier, down for the fifth consecutive month, according to data released Thursday by Japan’s five leading brewers.

Shipments of beer and happoshu in January totaled 346,130 kiloliters, according to Asahi Breweries Ltd., Kirin Brewery Co., Sapporo Breweries Ltd., Suntory Ltd. and Orion Breweries Ltd.

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