hmmm, I must admit that I learned something today: after many years of working with Perl I never knew that newlines from your source code are preserved in double-qouted strings but it seems they really are.
OK, forget the bit about HAVING to put the \n in your strings although I would still advice to do that if you want nelines because it is a nightmare having to figure out how where the spaces end and where there is an actual newline when editing your code.
However, the main point of my reply remains valid: don't try to stuff formatting into your data structure unless you really have to. Format the data as and when you need to print it and store it as pure data. I also think that it is true that the OP hasn't got the right data structure yet to present his data.
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