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Longer hours score record profit for drugstore Welcia

Expanded food offering attract men at midnight

Extended store hours helped to lift Welcia's sales.

TOKYO -- Drugstore chain Welcia Holdings' operating profit likely rose 16% to about 28 billion yen ($264 million) in the year ended in February as new stores and an acquisition led to higher sales.

The figure would mark a record for the Japanese company and top its forecast of 26.9 billion yen.

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