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Pop star's farewell concerts buoy Tokyo Dome operator

Hot weather draws fans to air-conditioned baseball games

Japanese singer Namie Amuro performs during an award ceremony in 2010. Her farewell concerts and related merchandise boosted Tokyo Dome's first-half earnings.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Tokyo Dome appears to have generated higher profits than expected for the six months through July, as its namesake stadium hosted the successful final concerts of singer Namie Amuro before her September retirement.

The company's operating profit for the February-July half likely edged down on the year to just below 6 billion yen ($53.9 million), beating projections for an 8% drop to 5.6 billion yen. Sales appear to have grown 3% to around 41.5 billion yen.

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