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TOKYO -- Convenience store sales on a same-store basis fell 4.7 percent year-on-year to 597.1 billion yen in July, the 12th consecutive month of decline, the Japan Franchise Association said.

The drop was the 26th in the last 29 months.

Year-earlier results were inflated by brisk sales of soft drinks, ice cream and noodles, the result of an unusually hot summer, the association said.

The average purchase per customer rose 0.2 percent to 575 yen on a same-store basis, while the number of customers dropped 4.8 pct to 1.02 billion, the association said.

The total number of convenience stores as of July 31 stood at 39,392, up 2.6 percent from the year before, it said.

On an all-store basis, sales fell 1.2 percent year-on-year to 653.8 billion yen, while the average purchase per customer grew 0.4 percent to 573 yen, data from the association show.

The figures are based on data from the association's 11 member-companies, including Seven-Eleven Japan, Lawson Inc and FamilyMart Co Ltd.
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