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Department store sales dropped 65.6 percent in May from a year earlier as the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to take a toll, but the pace of decline eased following the previous month’s record plunge, an industry body said Tuesday.

The latest data from the Japan Chain Stores Association reflected the government’s lifting of a nationwide state of emergency in stages during May, and compared with April’s record drop of 72.8 percent.

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