By  on July 2, 2010

TOKYO—Uniqlo’s summer is off to a tough start.

Fast Retailing said Friday that Uniqlo’s same-store sales slumped 5.8 percent in June on slow sales of summer items and lower foot traffic. These figures exclude Uniqlo’s business outside Japan.

In recent years, Uniqlo has thrived with its low-cost basics and innovative fabric innovations but its monthly sales performance so far this year has been mixed. The brand saw its same-store sales drop 16.4 percent in March and slide 12.4 percent in April. They recovered in May, gaining 3.1 percent.

A spokesman said June demand for its stay-cool innerwear range, called Silky Dry for men and Sarafine for women, was high but some stores ran out of certain sizes and colors and missed out on sales to consumers. The retailer saw this problem developing in its stores and anticipated it affecting June sales, he added.

“What we learned in June, we will fix next year,” he said. The spokesman said Uniqlo expects its inventory will work better in July and August, when consumers are in the market for t-shirts and shorts rather than underwear.

“We have a quite good product mix for July-August,” he said.

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