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Luxury goods fly off shelves in Japan even as economy struggles

The sales may be a manifestation of growing income gap and tourist shopping

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HIGH-END ECONOMY: The Ginza district of Tokyo. Department stores sold 333 billion yen worth of luxury goods including watches, artworks and jewellery in 2014, up 20 per cent from 2012.

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JAPAN's economy is hobbling out of a recession, inflation is a quarter of the central bank's target and wages adjusted for price changes fell last year. And yet sales of luxury goods are growing and the stock market hit a 15-year high.

Sales of high-end imported cars and