TOKYO — Japanese retailers saw mixed sales in the month of February, as cold weather and unusually heavy precipitation kept some shoppers indoors.
Fast Retailing said Friday that same-store sales in February at its Uniqlo stores in Japan rose 1.2 percent on brisk demand for its Heattech items, knitwear and other winter garments.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan's largest department store operator, said Thursday that sales at its nine main stores in the country edged up 0.2 percent on the year. The company continues to see particularly strong growth at its Mitsukoshi branch in the city of Sendai, which was damaged by last year's earthquake. This store saw sales growth of 16.1 percent in February. RELATED STORY: Hong Kong January Sales Growth Slower Than Expected >>
Takashimaya experienced a 1.0 percent drop in sales at its 18 stores in Japan, the company said Thursday. The retailer blamed the decline on cold, wet weather throughout the month, which impeded sales of spring clothing. However, Takashimaya said that sales of food items increased on the previous year.
J. Front Retailing, which operates the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya chains of department stores, said Thursday that sales at its stores were up 1.2 percent in the month of February, the 11th straight month of increases for the retailer.
"Although sales of men's and women's spring fashion were slow, our Umeda store [in Osaka] continued to see substantial sales growth, and big-ticket items like fine art and jewelry performed well," the company said in a release.
Sales at Hankyu and Hanshin department stores, operated by H2O Retailing, rose by 12.1 percent in February. However, when calculated on a same-store basis, the increase was just 0.1 percent. The discrepancy is due to store openings that occurred within the past year.
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