Sales at convenience stores in Japan in 2021 rose 0.6% from the previous year to ¥10.3 trillion on a same-store basis, marking the first growth in two years, the Japan Franchise Association said Thursday.

Although people tended to continue refraining from going out for nonessential purposes amid the coronavirus pandemic, sales of frozen food and alcoholic beverages increased as stores expanded their lineups of the products to meet demand from those staying at home.

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