TOKYO — August sales at retailers in Japan increased year-on-year as continued hot weather across the country bolstered demand for summer items.
Fast Retailing said August sales from its Uniqlo stores in Japan grew 8.8 percent compared with the corresponding period last year. Customer numbers were up by 3.7 percent, and the average purchase per customer increased by 4.9 percent.
“Same-store sales rose year-on-year in August as consistently hot weather fueled strong sales across our summer ranges,” Fast Retailing said in a release.
Fast Retailing currently counts 784 Uniqlo stores in Japan, having closed four units last month.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, the largest department store operator in Japan, said same-store sales among its seven stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area expanded by 4.8 percent in August. The store with the biggest year-on-year growth was the Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo’s Ginza district, where sales were up by 12.4 percent.
August sales from the 17 Takashimaya department stores in Japan increased by 0.9 percent, despite significant declines at some individual stores. The store in the western Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa performed particularly poorly last month, with sales dropping by 24.8 percent.
“Despite the effects of typhoons centered around the Kansai region in southwestern Japan, sales of big-ticket items and tax-free sales continued to grow, leading to the first overall year-on-year sales increase in two months,” Takashimaya said in a release.
H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains of department stores, said that sales among those stores gained 6.7 percent last month, despite ongoing renovations at the Hanshin flagship store in Osaka’s Umeda district.
The construction work has decreased the sales area of the store by about 20 percent. Sales at the Hankyu flagship store, also in Osaka’s Umeda, grew by 8.8 percent on the year. It was the 21st consecutive month of sales growth for the store.
J. Front Retailing said sales among its 17 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores in Japan increased by 2.7 percent year on year in August. Centrally located stores in cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe performed best, while some more rural stores saw declines.
“In spite of the effects of typhoon Cimaron toward the end of the month, as well as one fewer weekend day compared to the same month last year, sales of cosmetics and luxury brand goods were favorable, including sales to customers visiting Japan from overseas,” J. Front said in a release. “Summer accessories such as parasols and sunglasses also performed well.”