Japan dept. store sales see record drop in April as virus cuts hours

Major Japanese department store operators on Friday all reported record monthly sales falls of over 70 percent in April from a year earlier, as their outlets shut or business hours remain reduced in response to a state of emergency declared by the government to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. said sales at the group’s stores plunged 81.3 percent, while Takashimaya Co. saw a drop of 74.7 percent.J. Front Retailing Co., operator of Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores, saw a 79.1 percent dive in sales from a year earlier, while those of Sogo and Seib…

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