TOKYO—Japanese retailers saw mixed sales in October, as volatile weather worked both for and against them. Cooler than normal temperatures helped accelerate sales of warm clothing, but a couple of large typhoons caused some stores to close early and customers to stay at home.
Fast Retailing said Tuesday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan rose 10.5 percent year-on-year. While customer numbers crept up just 0.6 percent, the average purchase per customer increased by 9.8 percent.
“Same-store sales rose year on year in October as cooler temperatures boosted sales of seasonal fall winter clothing,” Fast Retailing said.
After opening 12 stores and closing 8 in October, Fast Retailing now operates 833 stores in Japan.
Isetan Mitsukoshi, Japan’s largest department store operator, said that sales at its nine main stores in the country inched up 0.3 percent last month. It saw the largest growth at its Ginza Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo, where sales increased by 10 percent over the same month last year.
Takashimaya reported a sales decrease of 0.4 percent at its 17 stores in Japan.
“Despite a favorable transition at our large-format stores, factors such as a shortening of business hours due to typhoons caused sales to fall below levels of the previous year,” Takashimaya said.
H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains, said sales at its department stores rose 1.5 percent on the year. This marks the fourth consecutive month of sales increases for the retailer.
Sales among J. Front Retailing’s 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores were down 1.8 percent year-on-year in October. The company said that sales of both men’s and women’s coats, as well as luxury goods, were strong, but having to close some stores early due to the typhoons had an even greater effect on overall sales.