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Supermarket sales rose 2.8 percent by value in September from a year earlier on a same-store basis, up for the first time in six months owing to a rush of demand before the Oct. 1 consumption tax hike, an industry body said Thursday.

Sales at 10,515 supermarkets operated by 55 companies totaled ¥1.02 trillion, according to the Japan Chain Stores Association.

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