(Adds total sales, Walmex Christmas preparations)
MEXICO CITY Nov 13 Mexico's retailers'
association on Tuesday said sales at stores that have been open
for at least 12 months rose 0.7 percent in September from the
same month last year.
The association, known as ANTAD, includes supermarket chains
Walmex and Soriana as well as
Walmex said on Monday that it had made early payments
reaching 4.3 billion pesos ($326 million) to its suppliers so
that they deliver products on time for a sale next weekend and
for the Christmas season.
ANTAD said its members' total sales rose 6.0 percent last
month from a year earlier, the lowest growth rate since May
2011. ANTAD said the poor growth was because October this year
had one less weekend than the same month last year.
(Reporting by Gabriela Lopez; Editing by Leslie Adler)