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Some 225 million pairs of fashion sunglasses were sold at retail last year for $1.7 billion, according to the Sunglass Association of America.

The group says sales topped $1 billion for the sixth straight year and increased from 189 million pairs worth $1.42 billion in 1988.The latest figures, according to the organization's statistical committee, include for the first time about 10 million pairs of imported children's sunglasses.

The association, based in Norwalk, Conn., says sunglasses retailing for $30 or more accounted for nearly half the dollar sale.