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Asian shoppers help drive strong department store earnings

J. Front and Takashimaya step up efforts to attract foreign visitors

Ginza Six, a shopping complex in Tokyo's upscale fashion mecca, is offering services that cater specifically to foreign visitors.

TOKYO -- Department stores in Japan are booking strong earnings thanks to brisk shopping by visitors from abroad.

J. Front Retailing registered a net profit of 23.7 billion yen ($209 million) in the March-November period, up 24% from a year earlier, according to an earnings report released on Tuesday by the holding company, which operates Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores.

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