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Japan's retail sales down in September

Japan's retail sales down in September

Japan's retail sales in September slipped 0.4 percent from a year earlier, falling for the first time in 14 months on slumping consumer demand, the government said Tuesday.
Sales by Japanese retail stores totaled 10.69 trillion yen ($115 billion) in September, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. It followed a 0.7 percent rise in retail sales in August.
Retail sales among large-scale department stores and supermarkets tumbled 3.3 percent in September, marking the sixth consecutive month of year-on-year declines, the ministry said.
Retail sales of automobiles slipped 0.5 percent, and those of clothing eased 2.2 percent in the month.