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Corporate sales fell for the first time in three years in the July-September quarter, pressured by China’s economic downturn and dips in petroleum product prices, government data showed Monday.

Combined sales of domestic companies dropped 2.6 percent from a year earlier to ¥349.50 trillion ($3.19 trillion), following a 0.4 percent rise in the previous quarter, according to the Finance Ministry.

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