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Japan's restaurant sales fall for 13th consecutive month

Fast food chains, however, saw growth due to demand for takeout.

Sales at Japan's major restaurant chains fell in March, making it the 13th straight month of declines.

As NHK reported, the weaker turnover was primarily due to the effects of the country's second state of emergency that lasted until mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The media organisation also cited data from the Japan Foodservice Association, which revealed that sales fell 2.9% from a year earlier. The figure was down 19.6% from March 2019.

Fast food chains, in contrast, saw sales grow 3.9 percent from last year, attributed to takeout. thanks to demand for takeout. Pubs and izakaya restaurants saw their sales plunge by 39.7%.

Read the full report here.

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