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Seven-Eleven Japan store sales up 7.7% YOY in September

Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd. reported Oct. 15 that total sales across its Seven-Eleven Japan stores rose 7.7% year over year in September.

Same-store sales for the company's Japanese convenience shop unit increased 5.1% from the year-ago period. The average spend per customer grew 7.5%, while the number of customers declined 2.2% year over year. The number of stores increased to 20,600 in September, compared with 20,596 in August.

Seven & i's overseas unit, 7-Eleven Inc., posted a 26.3% rise in net sales for the month as gasoline revenue soared 43.7% and merchandise sales jumped 11.7%. For existing U.S. stores, merchandise sales were up 1% year over year.

Ito-Yokado, the company's general merchandise store chain, increased total sales by 4.3%. Same-store sales of merchandise grew 2.8% as customer numbers increased 0.9%, while average spend per customer also increased 2%.

York-Benimaru reported a 6.4% increase in total sales with same-store sales up 3.1%. Customer numbers increased 0.4% and average spend per customer at York-Benimaru climbed 2.6%.

The company's department store unit, Sogo & Seibu, posted a 0.7% year-over-year decline in existing-store sales, while total sales fell 13.2%.

Seven & i Food Systems, the company's restaurant division, posted an increase of 1.5% in total sales and 3.5% in same-store sales. The unit also saw customer numbers decrease 2.3%, although average spend per customer increased 5.9%.