Fast Retailing Co. — the owner of Japanese apparel retailer UNIQLO — has now readjusted its financial projections for the rest of the year, lowering its profit outlook as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
More specifically, the company now expects an annual operating profit of ¥130 billion JPY, roughly equating to $1.21 billion USD. This marks a 50 percent reduction, as compared to the lesser 44 percent drop previously predicted, which altered due to an operating loss of ¥4 billion JPY ($37,400 USD) in the period between March and May.
Despite these projections, Fast Retailing Co. remains confident as it reports a strong rebound in domestic sales for the month of June in Japan as well as a faster-than-expected recovery in the Chinese market. UNIQLO’s domestic sales — which include online purchases — rose by an impressive 26 percent last month compared to a year earlier, an impressive feat by the retailer following a 57 percent decrease in April followed by being 18 percent down in May. In light of these two recovering markets, the company says it will continue to open more stores globally.
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