TOKYO — Japanese retailers saw mostly lower sales in July, as seasonal clearance sales of spring and summer merchandise lured customers into stores, while unpredictable weather also kept them away in some cases.
Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. said Monday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan fell 4.8 percent compared with the same month last year. Customer numbers dropped 12 percent.
“Same-store sales contracted year on year in July as typhoons, heavy rain and generally unstable weather knocked the number of customer visits below the previous year’s level,” the company said.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., the country’s largest department store operator, said that July sales at its nine main stores in Japan inched up 0.9 percent over last year’s figure. The branch of Mitsukoshi in Tokyo’s Ginza district performed particularly well, with sales increasing by 6 percent.
Takashimaya Co. Ltd. said that sales at its 18 department stores in Japan fell 4.3 percent on the year in July. Certain individual stores saw sales declines of more than 10 percent. However, the retailer said that things began to pick up in the second half of the month, and that sales of big-ticket items such as designer and specialty clothing and accessories increased over last year.
H2O Retailing Corp., which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin of department store chains, said its July sales were up 1.3 percent on the year. An increase of 8 percent at its Hankyu Umeda flagship in Osaka helped to make up for decreases at other individual stores.
J. Front Retailing Co. Ltd. said that sales at its 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya stores in Japan fell 3 percent in July. Like other retailers, J. Front attributed the drop to poor weather in the first half of the month.
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