Same-store sales at Fast Retailing Co Ltd, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, fell 13.4% in January compared with a year earlier.

The fall was the first time sales have declined for three months - and was the result of a shortage of winter clothing following brisk sales in December the retailer said in a statement.
 
The number of visitors to its stores also dropped for the first time in three months, down 13.3%.