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Supermarket sales in fiscal 2009 fell 4.4 percent on a same store basis for the 13th consecutive year of decline, an industry body said Thursday.

Total supermarket sales before adjustment for number of stores came to ¥12.70 trillion in the fiscal year ended March 31, falling below ¥13 trillion for the first time since fiscal 1988, the Japan Chain Stores Association said.

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