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Muji closes in on record profit, propelled by broader food lineup

Japanese retailer's domestic business helps offset Europe, U.S. slump

A Muji outlet in Shanghai. The company looks to tap underlying demand in China with plans for locally oriented kitchenware and lifestyle products.   © AP

TOKYO -- Muji operator Ryohin Keikaku expects operating profit to approach a record this fiscal year thanks to a successful rollout of food items that complement its distinctive lifestyle goods.

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