• Kyodo


Convenience store sales in Japan fell 0.1 percent in January from a year earlier to 685.24 billion yen on a same-store basis, declining for the second straight month, an industry body said Thursday.

While coffee and other over-the-counter products sold well, cigarette sales declined, said the Japan Franchise Association, which compiled the sales of 10 major convenience store chains.

The number of visitors to convenience stores increased 1.4 percent, rising for the third consecutive month.

But average spending per customer dropped 1.5 percent to 607 yen, the third straight monthly decline.

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