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Sushi dining-out spending increases

March 26, 2008

Seafood consumption expenditure per household in 2007 slipped 0.2 percent to \91,763, while spending on dine-out sushi increased 6.1 percent to \14,667 from \13,822 in 2006, a recent survey by Statistics Bureau found.

Growth rate of sushi exceeds that of general dining-out expenditure, which climbed 3.2 percent from a year earlier to \164,860. Spending on take-out sushi was \12,529, a decrease of 1.8 percent from last year.

Fresh seafood consumption fell 0.6 percent to \55,007. Bonito recorded the biggest drop of 10.3 percent, while yellow tail, tuna and salmon climbed 6.9 percent, 4.5 percent, and 1.5 percent, respectively.

Spending on surimi was \9,048, an increase of 2.2 percent. Seaweed fell 3.2 percent to \9,597, while shellfish dropped 7.2 percent to \4,628.

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