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The nation’s four major department store chains saw double-digit growth in their sales in September from a year earlier as consumers hurried to buy luxury items before the consumption tax hike to 10 percent from 8 percent, their monthly reports showed Tuesday.

The levels of sales growth at Takashimaya Co., Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., J. Front Retailing Co., and Sogo & Seibu Co. were similar to those seen in March 2014 prior to the previous consumption tax increase to 8 percent from 5 percent.

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