Strong Sales of Children’s Wear at Japanese Dept. Stores

-store nationwide sales (73 firms, 203 stores) decreased by 19.1% compared to the same month of last year to 382,947 million yen. The sales decrease improved 46.5 percentage points from the previous month, and this is seen as a sign indicating that business is picking up.

Apparel sales declined by 18.7% to 110,175 million yen. The decline was 55.4 points smaller than May. Sales of children’s wear were strong with the restart of schools. Summer sales also contributed to sales, which in addition to the expansion of online sales, started earlier than schedule or held at various locations for a longer period of time. Sales were also vigorous for seasonal products, such as parasols and sandals, and household goods including bedding in response to growing demand for stay home items. Some high-priced products, such as luxury brands and jewelry, also sold well.

(Refer to table in Statistics section.)