TOKYO—Uniqlo posted a double-digit surge in September comps while other Japanese retailers posted mixed results for the month.
Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. said Thursday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan grew by 19.7 percent last month. The average purchase per customer was up 17.4 percent.
“Same-store sales rose year on year in September as cooler temperatures from the early part of the month boosted sales of seasonal fall clothing,” Fast Retailing said.
Department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said that September sales at its nine main stores in Japan increased by 2.3 percent, with individual stores reporting sales growth of as high as 8.3 percent.
Sales at Takashimaya’s 17 department stores in Japan slipped by 0.2 percent year-on-year in September. The retailer blamed the drop on the fact that there was one fewer Sunday in the month compared with last year. In terms of product categories, Takashimaya said that sales of clothing, accessories and luxury goods surpassed those of last September.
H2O Holdings said that sales at its Hankyu and Hanshin department stores rose 3.1 percent year-on-year last month. This marks the third straight month of sales increases for the retailers, as well as the fourth month of sales growth since Japan’s consumption tax was raised in April.
Sales at the 18 Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores in Japan dropped 1.1 percent in September, J. Front Retailing said. The company attributed the decline to the lower number of Sundays in the month, but also said that sales of men’s suits and jackets, women’s coats, jewelry and cosmetics were strong.