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Sales at supermarkets in September fell 2.4 percent from a year ago on a same-store basis, extending their slide to a 10th consecutive month, an industry body said Thursday.

Sales came to about ¥1.01 trillion at 8,206 outlets operated by 70 companies, with the margin of decline the biggest for any September since 2004, the Japan Chain Stores Association said. Besides groceries, supermarkets typically sell clothing, appliances and sundry goods as well.

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