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Seven-Eleven Japan store sales rise 3.4% YOY in May

Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd. reported June 15 that total sales of its Seven-Eleven Japan stores increased 3.4% year over year in May.

Same-store sales in Seven-Eleven Japan rose 0.3% from the year-ago period. The number of customers declined 1.8%, while average spend per customer swelled 2.1%. Its number of stores increased to 20,385 in May from 20,337 in April.

The Japanese retail conglomerate's overseas unit, 7-Eleven Inc., posted a 35.7% rise in total sales for the month, with merchandise sales up 12.8% and gasoline sales up 65.1%. Merchandise sales in existing U.S. stores were flat year over year.

Meanwhile, its general merchandise store chain, Ito-Yokado, saw sales decline 3.1%. Same-store sales of merchandise fell 2.9% and customer numbers dropped 2.8%, while average spend per customer was flat.

Supermarket subsidiary York-Benimaru reported total sales increased 0.9%. Same-store sales fell 2.2% as customer numbers dropped 0.6% and average spend per customer fell 1.7%.

At Seven & i's department store unit, Sogo & Seibu, same-store sales dropped 2.6% year over year and total sales declined 15.9%.

Restaurant division Seven & i Food Systems posted a 2.9% decrease in total sales as same-store sales shrank 1.5%. Customers numbers declined 5.9%, but average spend climbed 4.7%.