A Uniqlo store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

TOKYO – Retailers in Japan mostly saw higher sales in July, as hot weather and summer clearance activities helped to boost revenues of seasonal items.

Fast Retailing said Wednesday that July same-store sales among its Uniqlo outlets in Japan were up 3.7 percent compared with the same month last year. The average purchase per customer contracted by 1.9 percent, but customer numbers increased by 5.6 percent.

“Same-store sales rose year-on-year in July as hot weather throughout the month supported strong sales of wireless bras, UT T-shirts, dry stretch kando pants and other summer ranges,” the company said in a statement.

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After closing one door in July and not opening any new ones, Fast Retailing currently counts a total of 792 Uniqlo stores in Japan.

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Japan’s largest department store operator, said same-store sales among its nine stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area inched up by 0.8 percent. As has been the trend in recent months, the strongest performance came from stores in urban city centers. July sales at the Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo’s Ginza district, for example, grew by 7.8 percent, while sales at the Isetan flagship store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, were up 3 percent.

Sales at Takashimaya’s 17 department stores in Japan slipped 0.2 percent, despite a successful summer clearance sale. However, the company said in a statement that sales of higher priced items, such as luxury clothing and accessories and fine jewelry, reached levels above than those in July 2016.

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H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains of department stores, said sales in Japan among those stores grew 5.2 percent. The company’s Hankyu flagship store in the Umeda district of Osaka saw monthly sales grow 8.5 percent. This marks the eighth straight month of sales growth for the Hankyu and Hanshin chains.

J. Front Retailing’s 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores in Japan also saw their sales increase last month, although only by 0.1 percent. Twelve individual stores registered a contraction of their July sales, but the overall figure was helped by a 22.9 percent sales increase at the Daimaru Urawa Parco store. The Osaka location held a clearance and liquidation sale before closing its doors permanently on July 31. In terms of product categories, J. Front said it saw increased sales of cosmetics, luxury brand goods and fine jewelry, thanks in large part to purchases by overseas visitors to Japan. Summer accessories such as parasols and sunglasses also performed well.

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