TOKYO - The Japan Department Store Association said sales for the month of October dropped to 513.55 billion yen, or $5.71 billion at average exchange, a decline of 10.5 percent compared to the same month last year.
This is the 20th consecutive month of decline and biggest monthly drop yet.
Sales of clothing fell 13.6 percent overall, with women's apparel dropping 13.5 percent. The largest drop in a single category was 17.2 percent, in furniture. The only area that posted an increase was consumer electronics, up 11.3 percent.
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