Japan's April convenience store sales down 2.6%

Convenience store sales in Japan fell 2.6 percent in April from a year earlier on a same-store basis, the 11th straight month of decline, due to weak sales of magazines and cigarettes among best-selling items, an industry body said Monday.

Sales at 10 major convenience store operators totaled 673.0 billion yen, the Japan Franchise Association said.

The number of customers in April fell 1.7 percent to 1,137.46 million, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, due to a number of rainy days in northern and eastern Japan. Tokyo and Yokohama in particular had a record amount of rainfall last month.

Average spending per customer dropped 0.9 percent to 591.7 yen.