Japanese Dept. Stores Increase Women’s Wear Sales in February

According to the Japan Department Stores Association, same-store sales of apparel (including accessories) at member stores (79 firms, 217 stores) across the nation in February 2019 decreased by 1.1% compared to the same month of last year to 114,923 million yen. However, sales of women’s wear grew by 0.4% to 74,890 million yen, the first increase in four months. The rise in temperature in the second half of February increased sales of spring wear.

Sales of men’s wear decreased by 4.6% to 22,841 million yen, and those of children’s wear declined by 3.8% to 9,319 million yen. Other types of garments were down 1.0%.

Overall sales rose by 0.4% to 422,033 million yen.