Uniqlo blamed a decline in Japanese same-store sales on warm weather for the second month in a row.

The retailer today (2 November) reported that same-store sales fell 4% during October in Japan, while own-store sales were up 0.9% for the period. Total sales, including online sales, were up 0.8%.

Sales declines decellerated on September, when same-store sales were 10.7% lower than the previous year.

It said despite strong sales of individual advertising campaign items, such as Ultra Light Down garments, merino sweaters and fleece, same-store sales dipped as rising temperatures towards the end of the month stifled sales of winter clothing.