Dept store sales see 1st rise in 2 months
Yomiuri -- Jun 21
Domestic sales at department stores in May rose 2.6 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, up for the first time in two months, due to strong sales of high-end watches and jewelry, an industry group said Wednesday.

Sales of art, jewelry and precious metals, which include high-end watches, jumped 23.3 percent, marking the strongest growth since comparable data became available in January 2007.

Source: Yomiuri
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