TOKYO—Japanese retailers saw mostly higher sales in November, driven largely by strong sales of luxury goods and despite warmer than usual temperatures.
Fast Retailing said Tuesday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan increased by 1.9 percent year-on-year last month, despite a 5.7 percent drop in customer numbers. The average purchase per customer grew by 8 percent.
“Uniqlo’s 30th anniversary celebrations and related promotions helped boost same-store sales in November, and offset the negative impact of slightly warmer than average temperatures during the month,” the company said.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said that November sales among its nine main stores in Japan grew 0.7 percent over last year. Its Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo’s Ginza district performed particularly well, posting sales growth of 10.7 percent.
Takashimaya’s 17 department stores in Japan also performed well last month, posting overall sales growth of 0.6 percent. The company said that its larger stores as well as its store in Tokyo’s Tamagawa district, which is currently undergoing renovations, all saw increased sales. In terms of product categories, luxury clothing and accessories, jewelry and other big-ticket items saw stronger sales than they did last November.
Sales at H2O Retailing’s Hankyu and Hanshin department stores were up 3.9 percent last month, with the Hankyu Umeda flagship store in Osaka posting sales growth of 9.1 percent. This marks the fifth straight month of sales growth for the department store group.
Unlike many of its competitors, J. Front Retailing said that sales among its 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores in Japan fell in November. The monthly total was down 0.3 percent on the year, despite strong sales of men’s suits and women’s luxury goods.