Japanese retail chain Uniqlo has posted a 47.7% total sales increase for the month of October, as sales of winter items benefited from cooler weather.

Parent company Fast Retailing announced today (2 November) that its same-store sales increased by 35.7% last month, as compared to the same period last year. Sales at its own stores increased by 46.3%.

A statement by the company said: "October sales increased significantly year on year as cool temperature throughout the month kept sales of winter items strong, together with aggressive marketing activities."

Fast Retailing ran three marketing campaigns during the month, to promote its Uniqlo Collection Tokyo 2009, Fleece and Heattech ranges.

It also opened a global flagship store in Paris last month.