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Major department store sales drastically decreased due to spread of new virus infection

2020-02-21T21:10:25.302Z

Sales of major department stores nationwide from January 1 to 17 this month were down about 15% compared to the same time last year, and Japan's hundred…



Major department store sales drop sharply New virus infection spread on February 21 at 16:16

Sales of major department stores nationwide from January 1 to 17 this month were down about 15% compared to the same time last year, and the Japan Department Store Association said that the spread of the new coronavirus caused foreign tourists We believe that this is due to a decline in sales and a growing number of people who stay out to avoid crowds.

According to the Japan Department Stores Association, sales of major department stores nationwide from January 1 to 17 this month were down about 15% compared to the same time last year, a significant drop.

In particular, sales by foreign tourists were about 70% lower than at the same time last year.

This is because sales of foreign visitors have dropped sharply due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and the consecutive holidays that coincided with the Chinese New Year holiday last February were January, but this was January. It is because it was not reflected.

Domestic sales, excluding foreign tourists, also fell by about 10%, and the Japan Department Stores Association believes that more and more people are staying out to avoid crowds.

"If the infection spreads further, some stores are considering temporary closures, and the situation surrounding department stores is quite difficult," said Shigeki Yamazaki, Managing Director of the Japan Department Stores Association.

Source: nhk

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