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Foreign tourists lift Isetan Mitsukoshi's 1H earnings

Department store operator's operating profit expected to jump 20%

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings' flagship Isetan Shinjuku store

TOKYO -- Big-spending foreign tourists appear to have helped Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings to post strong half-year results.

For the April-September period, the Japanese department store operator's group operating profit is estimated to have increased slightly over 20% on the year to around 7.5 billion yen ($65.4 million), lifted by strong performance of its flagship stores in central Tokyo.

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