Uniqlo, the Japanese casual clothing chain that launched in the UK in September last year, yesterday said it recorded sales of £14 million in the period to May 2002, its first ten months of trading.

An operating loss of £20 million was also registered following heavy investment into developing a central infrastructure, opening new stores and brand marketing.

Fast Retailing (UK) Ltd chief executive, Masatoshi Morita said: "A lot has been achieved within our first year in the UK."

For its next fiscal year to May 2003, Uniqlo expects UK sales to be £41 million against an operating loss of £11million.

The retailer has also announced the appointment of Bernie Foster as the new chief operating officer for Fast Retailing (UK) Ltd.

Bernie will join the company in November, following roles as managing director of both The Body Shop and Miss Selfridge Ltd.