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TOKYO -- Convenience store sales on a same-store basis fell 1.3 percent year-on-year to 605.9 billion yen in August, the Japan Franchise Association reported.

The drop marks the 13th consecutive month of decline and was the 27th fall in the last 30 months.

While sales of ice cream and cold noodles were good due to hot weather, sales of soft drinks were sluggish, the Association said.

The average purchase per customer fell 1.2 percent to 580 yen on a same-store basis, while the number of customers was unchanged at 1.028 billion. The total number of convenience stores as of Aug. 31 stood at 39,663, up 2.6 percent from the year before.

On an all-store basis, sales rose 2.2 percent year-to-year to 662.5 billion yen, while the average purchase per customer declined 1 percent to 579 yen, data from the Association showed.

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

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