Sales at restaurants in Japan up 2.8% year-over-year in May, the third straight monthly increase, says Japan Food Service Assn; family restaurant sales up 13%, fast-food sales up 1.3%

TOKYO , June 26, 2014 () – Sales at restaurants in Japan rose 2.8 pct from a year earlier in May, up for the third straight month, the Japan Food Service Association said Wednesday.

The data suggested that demand for dining out has remained firm after the nation's consumption tax was raised to 8 pct from 5 pct on April 1. Few restaurant chains appear to have been affected by the tax hike, association officials said.

Sales at family restaurants grew 6.2 pct, up for 13 months running. Japanese, Western and Chinese restaurants in this category all saw growth.

Fast food restaurants saw their sales increase 1.3 pct, up for the third consecutive month. Some hamburger outlets and sushi restaurants suffered drops while noodle and curry restaurants enjoyed growth in general.

Sales at pubs and "izakaya" eateries dropped 1.8 pct due to a fall in the number of outlets.END

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