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Three of the nation’s four top convenience store chains broke their records for group operating profit in fiscal 2011 as customers binged on supplies following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

According to earnings reports released as of Thursday, Seven-Eleven Japan Co., the nation’s largest convenience chain, logged an 8.3 percent rise in operating profit to ¥183.1 billion, while Lawson Inc. posted a 12.1 percent jump to ¥56.2 billion and FamilyMart Co. a 13.5 percent jump to ¥38.2 billion.

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