Uniqlo January sales prove weak on inventory issues
The company said that same-store sales including online decreased by 7.1% year on year last month, while total sales fell by by a smaller-but-still-bad 6.3%.
The retailer is frequently affected by the wrong kind of weather for the season and late last year had complained that it wasn’t cold enough to shift some of its cool weather clothing. But in a twist, this time round, it said same-store sales declined “due to a lack of inventory of thermal clothing”, so even when the cool weather arrived, it seems it wasn’t able to take sufficient advantage.
It added that it also suffered from “insufficient promotion of sales during sales periods, and a delay in the launch of our spring ranges caused by the late entry of stock”. That latter comment means it could have been hit by some of the supply chai issues that have been causing problems for retailers globally in recent periods.