With the coronavirus outbreak forcing hundreds of stores to close worldwide, Japan’s
Fast Retailing predicts an operating profit of ¥145 billion (approx. $1.3 billion USD) for the full year ending in August, which is markedly lower than the previously forecasted ¥245 billion (approx. $225 billion USD). In the six months through February 2020, the company made 21 percent less profits than it did during the same period last year. Fast Retailing has grown to depend on its Asian market, especially in China, where UNIQLO offers a mix of affordable basics and on-trend styles for a growing middle class.
“We are talking with each supplier about how to place orders so that overall operations can be maintained,” said Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing’s CEO. “Since we have global business operations, we are better positioned to avoid an extreme impact on our overall businesses. I am determined to overcome [the crisis] with our employees and partners, including [supplier] factories.”