The Japan Department Stores Association reported that sales at 28 outlets run by 14 department stores in Tokyo fell in March by 0.6 per cent from a year earlier to Yen 189.97bn for the third straight month of decline. Sales of clothing down 1.2 per cent to Yen 73.67bn in the month. Womenswear sales, however, grew 1.1 per cent to Yen 47.42bn for two consecutive months of improvement. Menswear sales stood at only 0.7 per cent decline to Yen 13.65m. The association attributes relatively good condition of women's and menswear sales in March to spring casualwear promotions and store renovation effects.