TOKYO — Japanese retailers saw their sales increase in October, thanks to cool weather and an increased demand from international tourists. One additional weekend day compared with last October also helped boost sales numbers.
Fast Retailing said Wednesday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan grew 5.5 percent on the year last month. Customer numbers fell 3.6 percent, while the average purchase per customer increased by 9.4 percent.
“Same-store sales rose year-on-year in October, with the cold weather boosting sales of fall winter ranges,” said Fast Retailing.
After nine openings and eight closures last month, there are now 803 Uniqlo stores in Japan.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store operator, said that October sales among its nine stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area were up 4.7 percent compared with the same month last year. Sales growth continued to be strong at stores in major urban areas, with the Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo’s Ginza district seeing 17.8 percent growth and the Isetan flagship in Shinjuku seeing 8.6 percent growth.
Takashimaya said sales at its 17 department stores in Japan grew 6.6 percent year-on-year. Only four individual stores experienced declines in sales, while others saw double-digit growth. Sales at the company’s Osaka store were up 10.5 percent, while those at the store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi increased by 13.3 percent.
“Due to increased demand from inbound travelers and the success of various business measures, fashion items — especially accessories — and big-ticket items showed promising results, leading to October being the seventh consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth,” Takashimaya said.
H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains of department stores, said sales at those stores in Japan grew 6.2 percent in October. The Hankyu flagship store in Osaka’s Umeda area performed particularly well, with sales increasing by 14.4 percent.
Front Retailing said October sales among its 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores in Japan were up 4.5 percent over last year. The company said that in addition to strong sales of women’s luxury brand items, it saw favorable performance of cosmetics and jewelry, thanks in large part to robust spending by international shoppers.