Uniqlo domestic sales surge 29%

JIJI

Fast Retailing Co. said sales at its mainstay Uniqlo casual clothing chain in August grew 28.9 percent domestically from a year earlier on a same-store basis, extending the rising streak to a fourth month.

Thanks to the high summer temperatures, AIRism functional underwear and other summer items to help customers stay cool sold well, the company said Tuesday.

The number of Uniqlo customers jumped 33.4 percent, up for a seventh straight month, also thanks to sales drives for home wear based on traditional “steteco” short pants.