Japan Retailers’ September Sales Grow

Cooler temperatures boosted the sale of fall and winter items.

TOKYO — Retailers in Japan saw higher sales in September as cooler temperatures boosted the sale of fall and winter items.
Fast Retailing said Wednesday that September same-store sales at its Uniqlo outlets in Japan rose 4.4 percent. After opening eight stores and closing seven last month, Fast Retailing currently operates a total of 835 Uniqlo doors across the country.
“Same-store sales rose year-on-year in September with the cooler weather from mid-month boosting sales of our silk, cashmere and other fall/winter ranges,” the company said in a release.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said that sales at its nine main department stores in Japan grew by 8.4 percent in September, compared with the same month last year. This marks the eight straight month of sales growth for Isetan and Mitsukoshi stores in Japan.
Another department store operator, Takashimaya, reported a 2.6 percent yearly increase in sales at its 18 Japan locations last month.
“In spite of unseasonable weather in the beginning of the month, sales — in particular sales of fashion items — were favorable, making for the second straight month of year-on-year growth,” Takashimaya said in a release.
H2O Retailing said Tuesday that September sales at its Hankyu and Hanshin department stores were up 19.9 percent compared with the same month last year. Much of this increase has to do with sales growth of 77 percent at the company’s Hankyu Umeda flagship, which was renovated and expanded last autumn.
J. Front Retailing, which operates the Daimaru and Matsuzakaya chains of department stores, said that sales at its stores increased 1.9 percent in September. The company said that categories that performed particularly well included fall fashion items such as women’s jackets, knitwear and pumps, as well as luxury brand goods, watches and fine jewelry.