According to the Japan Department Stores Association, same store sales in April (80 firms, 220 stores) increased by 0.7% over the same month of last year to 456,543 million yen, thus increasing for the second consecutive month. Despite favorable sales of spring/summer garments, apparel sales decreased by 1.3% to 148,842 million yen, decreasing for five consecutive months. Apparel sales decreased across the board: men’s wear, 31,980 million yen (down 0.1%); women’s wear, 93,005 million yen (down 1.3%); and children’s wear, 14,501 million yen (down 2.4%).
According to the Japan Chain Stores Association (56 firms, 10,065 stores), unseasonable weather resulted in decreasing sales of apparel and household goods this April. April 2018 apparel sales decreased by 2.7% compared to the same month of last year to 89,049 million yen. Itemwise, sales decreased across the board: men’s wear, 16,758 million yen (down 2.8%); women’s wear, 24,221 million yen (down 7.3%); and other garments and accessories, 48,070 million yen (down 0.1%). In men’s wear, sales were favorable for jackets, slacks, easy pants, casual shirts and long-sleeve T-shirts, but were slow for suits, business shirts and cardigans. Well-selling women’s wear items included shirts, blouses, cardigans, three-quarter-sleeve tunics and T-shirts, […]
Avery Dennison (a global leader in pressure-sensitive, functional materials, branding, weaving and labeling solutions for the retail apparel market) and SoftWear Automation (a revolutionary sewing technologies company for manufacturing automation in the home goods, footwear and apparel industries) have teamed up to help apparel manufacturers create a fully digital supply chain that enables speed in the manufacture of apparel and textile products. Through this partnership, Avery Dennison is leading a transformative change in the apparel industry, ushering in innovation that is in keeping with the company’s history of pushing boundaries to create positive change across the supply chain. Michael Colarossi, Vice President of Innovation, Product Line Management and Sustainability […]