Retail prices for domestic and imported beef rose last week for the fifth consecutive weekly increase as the import ban on U.S. beef continued to push up prices to record levels, the farm ministry said Monday.

The average price of imported refrigerated beef stood at 373 yen per 100 grams, up 2 yen, or 0.5 percent, from the previous week. That of domestic chilled beef was up 6 yen, or 0.9 percent, to 685 yen, according to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

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