February 28, 2011

Japanese customers relying more on convenience stores as store numbers over 40,000 outlets in Japan

"(Convenience)outlets now number more than 40,000 throughout Japan. In July their customer count rose by 2.3 percent from a year before to 1.2 billion..the stores are becoming ever more embedded in Japanese society. First permitted to sell postal stamps in the 1980s, they now handle payments of various private and public bills — utilities, phone services, national health insurance — in startling amounts: ¥3.7 trillion at 7-Eleven and ¥1.5 trillion Lawson"



Source:Evolving convenience stores
EDITORIAL
Japan Times
Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ed20100905a2.html

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