Uniqlo sales soar overseas
NHK -- Apr 14
The operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain says it has just passed an important milestone, the brand's overseas sales topped those at home in Japan for the first time for a fiscal half-year.

Fast Retailing is aggressively expanding overseas operations and the boss is pumped.

Fast Retailing CEO Tadashi Yanai said, "I'm feeling more excited than ever before in my life. Our clothes have achieved wide brand recognition around the world."

The chain's overseas sales jumped 29% to 4.7 billion dollars in the six months through February.

Domestic revenue came to 4.6 billion.

Thermal underwear and light down jackets sold well in China and South Korea.

Fast Retailing revised its outlook up. It now expects record sales and net profit for the whole year through August.

News source: NHK
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