By  on September 18, 2009

TOKYO--Department stores are continuing to struggle as Japan inches its way out of a recession.

Department store sales in August dropped 8.8 percent to 456.8 billion yen, or $4.8 billion, from the same month last year, according to the Japan Department Stores Association. This is the 18th straight month of decline for the retailers, which have been suffering for about a decade in the wake of increased competition from shopping malls and specialty stores.

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