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Fast Retailing Co., a casual-clothing retailer known for its Uniqlo brand, said Tuesday that sales in the first half of its business year through Feb. 28 dropped 26.8 percent on a same-store basis from a year earlier.

The Yamaguchi-based company compiled this data on the basis of sales at 447 outlets, where the number of customers fell 16.2 percent and sales per customer dropped 12.6 percent. The firm does not release actual sales figures.

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