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Department store sales in Tokyo edged up 0.1 percent in January from a year before to E64.60 billion for the third consecutive monthly rise, thanks in part to a cold wave early in the month that helped move winter clothing, an industry group said Tuesday.

According to data compiled by the Japan Department Stores Association on a same-store basis, clothing sales rose 1.9 percent, up for the third straight month, with sales of men’s clothing climbing 3.7 percent and women’s clothing rising 2.5 percent.

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