January sales of home electrical appliances at big retailers fell 2.16 percent year-on-year to 197.7 billion yen, the fifth drop in a row, the Nippon Electric Big-Stores Association said Tuesday.

Sales of television sets fell 2.39 percent from a year earlier, marking the first drop since March 2002. The fall was partly in reaction to large demand related to the previous year’s Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and front-loaded demand in December, the association said.

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