UPDATE 2-Japan retail sales fall in July on soggy weather


(Recasts, adds details) By Hideuiki Sano TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Heavy rain and surging energy costs kept Japanese shoppers at home in July, sending retail sales slumping 1.7 percent from the previous month. Compared with a year earlier, retail sales fell 0.2 percent, short of economists' median forecast of a 0.3 percent rise, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed on Wednesday. Rainfall in Japan's eight major cities in July was 64 percent higher than average, ...

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