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Convenience store sales in May rose 1 percent from a year earlier to ¥620.35 billion on a same-store basis, increasing for the 13th consecutive month due partly to continuing strength in cigarette sales.

The number of visitors to convenience stores was up 2.5 percent to 1.09 billion, rising for the 14th straight month, but purchases per person were down 1.5 percent at ¥570.6, falling for the sixth month in a row, the Japan Franchise Association said Monday.

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