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Sony to turn receipt photos into sales trend data

Service will track 400,000 goods at 200 stores and offer makers deeper analysis

Sony's new tech can turn a trove of receipt pictures into detailed information about what sells well where, when and to whom.

TOKYO -- Sony will scour a wealth of receipt images to analyze sales trends for a swath of products across a range of retailers, expanding into the growing field of digital marketing as part of a broader innovation strategy.

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