TOKYO — August sales grew year-on-year among many retailers in Japan, thanks in part to a greater number of weekend days in the month compared with 2018. A typhoon that affected stores in some regions of the country dampened sales, but many retailers saw growth regardless.
Fast Retailing said Tuesday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan rose by 9.9 percent on the year last month. Customer numbers were up by 13.5 percent, while the average purchase per customer slipped by 3.2 percent.
“Same-store sales rose year-on-year in August on the back of strong sales of core summer ranges and other items,” Fast Retailing said in statement.
After no openings and two closures last month, Fast Retailing operates 774 Uniqlo stores in Japan.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said August sales among its seven stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area increased by 5.5 percent over the same month last year. The suburban stores in Fuchu and Sagamihara, Japan, fared particularly well, seeing sales increases of 42.1 percent and 41.5 percent, respectively. None of the seven stores experienced a decline in sales last month.
Takashimaya said its 17 department stores in Japan posted August sales that were 3.8 percent higher than the same month last year. Six of the stores saw their sales fall, but at the company’s store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, they were up by 14.2 percent.
“In addition to continued growth of sales of big-ticket items, including luxury brand goods and jewelry, the effects of construction at the Nihonbashi store last year and more weekend and holiday days, sales exceeded the levels of the same month last year,” Takashimaya said.
H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains of department stores, said August sales among those stores were up by 2.9 percent, marking the seventh consecutive month of sales growth for the retailer. The company’s Hankyu flagship store in Osaka’s Umeda district saw sales grow by 7.3 percent.
J. Front Retailing was a rare dark spot during the month, with sales among its 16 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores slipping by 0.3 percent. The biggest decline came from the Daimaru store in Ashiya, outside of Osaka, where sales were down by 29.8 percent.
“Despite favorable sales growth of fine jewelry, cosmetics and luxury brand goods, as well as a positive shift in men’s clothing and accessories, the temporary closure of some stores due to a typhoon had a negative effect, and sales of food and women’s fashion struggled,” J. Front said.