Sales at Uniqlos Japanese stores climbed 0.6%

Sales at Uniqlo's Japanese stores climbed 0.6%

Helped by warm weather in early March, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores rise during the month, albeit at a slower pace than February. 

Same-store sales edged down 0.3% year-on-year, while sales at its own stores climbed 0.6%. Total sales, including online, increased by 2.5%. 

The Fast Retailing-owned chain said said warm weather early in March helped ensure a favourable launch of spring ranges such as bottoms, knitwear and staple cut-and-sew items.

Uniqlo opened two stores, including its newly refurbished Oxford Street global flagship store in London, and closed three during the month. 

In February, Fast Retailing cut its full-year outlook after seeing its first-quarter profit slide to JPY48bn (US$405.8m) from JPY68.8bn in the prior year period. Revenue, however, increased 8.5% to JPY520.3bn from JPY479.5bn a year ago.

The company expects fiscal 2016 profit to total JPY110bn, while revenue is forecast to total JPY1.80trn, and operating profit is likely to amount to JPY180bn.

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