Unusually hot weather stifled sales of winter clothing in November

Unusually hot weather stifled sales of winter clothing in November

Unusually hot weather in mid-November stifled sales of winter apparel for casual clothing brand Uniqlo, pushing down sales at its Japanese stores. 

The Fast Retailing-owned brand said same-store-sales fell 8.9% year-on-year, while sales at its directly-run stores declined by 9.9%. Total sales, including online sales, were down 8.1%. 

This compares to the respective increases of 5.5%, 4.5% and 5.9% in October, when cold weather boosted sales of autumn/winter ranges

Uniqlo opened five stores, but closed two during the month.

In November, Uniqlo inked a new five-year sourcing deal with Japanese textile maker Toray Industries in a move aimed at reducing lead times, optimising production and "creating a new industry centred on the future". 

It is the third stage of a strategic partnership established ten years ago, and is expected to generate JPY1trn (US$8.12trn) worth of transactions between the two companies from next year until 2020. 

Uniqlo and Toray expand global sourcing deal