UNIQLO and Toray Co-Host Apparel Expo in New York

           UNIQLO, together with Toray Industries, Inc., hosted a special event in New York. The Art and Science of LifeWear was a large-scale global exposition to mark the upcoming 15-year anniversary of UNIQLO’s pioneering relationship with its fabric technology partner, Toray, in the co-development of highly innovative clothing that perfectly harmonizes style and technology, commencing with HeatTech in 2003. The Art and Science of LifeWear showcased how their unconventional but highly complementary partnership has underpinned the advancement of UNIQLO LifeWear to become the world’s most responsive, relevant apparel for the human experience today. Experimental and revelatory in nature, the event was the first time that the two companies came together

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Apparel Sales at Japanese Dept. Stores Rise for First Time in 23 Months

The Japan Department Stores Association reported that same-store sales at member stores throughout the nation (80 firms, 226 stores) in September 2017 increased by 4.4% over the same month of last year to 435,162 million yen, thus increasing for the second consecutive month. Apparel sales rose for the first time in 23 months with a 2.4% rise to 134,445 million yen, as the decrease in temperature increased the movement of fall/winter items. Sales of accessories and personal belongings including luxury brands grew by 4.4% to 59,254 million yen, thus growing for two consecutive months. As a result of higher stock prices and weaker Japanese currency, wealthy people purchased more, and

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Japanese Chain Store Sales Slip in September

According to the Japan Chain Stores Association (56 firms, 9,719 stores), same-stores sales in September 2017 decreased by 0.3% from the same month of last year to 1,004,938 million yen. Apparel sales were strong (up 1.4% to 75,778 million yen), while sales of household goods were low (down 2.1% to 191,347 million yen), and those of food were sluggish (down 0.1% to 677,906 million yen). The breakdown of apparel sales was: men’s wear, 12,779 million yen (up 1.2%): women’s wear, 21,657 million yen (up 0.9%); and other garments. 41,341 million yen (up 1.8%). With the decrease in temperature, men’s jackets and long-sleeve business shirts sold well, along with women’s formal

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