Sales of major supermarkets nationwide in August were due to "neighborhood demand" due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and although food sales were strong, clothing and daily necessities did not work due to the movement to refrain from going out. It has fallen below the previous year for the first time in 6 months since February.

According to the announcement by the Japan Chain Stores Association, sales of 11,850 major supermarkets nationwide in August were 1,125.5 billion yen, a decrease of 0.1% compared to the same month last year when comparing existing stores. ..



It is the first time in six months since February that sales have fallen below the previous year.



By product,


▼ Food products increased by 2.4% compared to the same month last year due to the demand for nesting due to the spread of infection.


On the other hand, due to the movement to refrain from going home and traveling during the summer vacation,


▼ 18.8% of clothing

,


7.3% of cosmetics such as insect repellents and antiperspirants,


▼ 2.2 of daily necessities including recreational items such as parasols and floats. %,


Each decreased.



Atsushi Inoue, Managing Director of the Japan Chain Store Association, said, "In addition to the prolonged impact of the new corona and weakened consumer motivation, the number of customers visiting stores has decreased due to unseasonable weather. I feel like I'm there. "

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