Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Supermarket Sales Rise 0.1% In Aug
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Same-store sales at supermarkets in Japan rose 0.1% on the year to 1.06 trillion yen in August, marking the first increase in two months, the Japan Chain Stores Association reported Tuesday.
While one more Saturday than in the previous August helped sales grow, heavy rain in some areas kept customers from visiting supermarkets. As a result, the increase was limited.
Food sales rose 0.6%, with vegetable sales climbing 4.7% due to a rise in prices in line with poor crop yields. Sales of livestock products rose 2.7% thanks to strong sales of beef, chicken and eggs.
Meanwhile, apparel sales fell 7.8%, as strong summer-clothes sales in the first half of the month were weighed down by slow sales caused by heavy rain in the second half.
The association's senior director said the recovery in consumption does not appear strong.