Department store sales down 72% year-on-year in April

Department store sales down 72% year-on-year on May 22 at 14:38

Last month’s sales of department stores across the country fell 72 percent compared to the same month last year, the biggest drop in history. The spread of the new coronavirus has led to a significant drop in the temporary closure of many stores.
According to the Japan Department Store Association, sales of department stores nationwide last month were more than 120.8 billion yen, a decrease of 72.8% compared to the stores that were operating a year ago.

The decline in sales was the seventh consecutive month, up from March, when it was down 33.4 percent, the biggest drop since statistics began in January 1965.

This was due to a series of closures in the entire store and excluding food floors due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, which resulted in a 98.5% drop in duty-free sales for foreign travelers.

Sales for the 18th of this month have fallen by about 85% at 37 major stores across the country.

The Japan Department Store Association said, “With the release of the emergency declaration, it is expected that more stores will reopen operations and expand the scope of operations. I can’t be optimistic because of concerns about the second wave of infection spread, but I hope that sales will gradually recover later this month.”

Hiroshima Fukuyama denim sewing company also influenced

A denim sewing company in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, has begun producing cloth masks to compensate for sales that have declined due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, which has been closed for a long time.

In Fukuyama City, where denim fabric production is the highest in Japan, more than 180 textile-related companies are concentrated, of which NSG produces denim products such as high-priced jeans received from apparel companies.

However, orders from apparel companies have fallen due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and sales are expected to fall by two to three percent compared to the same month last year.

In addition, this is the time when a business meeting for clothing for autumn and winter is held and orders for the future are decided, but since the fact that most of the sales are not held, the business negotiations are not progressing, and sales after the summer are also raised.

For this reason, the company, which employs about 30 people, began producing masks last month in an effort to make up for even a small turnover.

At the factory, i used a sewing machine that usually makes jeans to sew denim fabrics together to complete the mask.

From next month, we will start producing medical gowns and increase the utilization rate of our factories even a little.

Mr. Sakazu Fumifu, president of sewing company NSG, said, “We are in a situation where we cannot set up future prospects. I want to make masks, medical gowns, and other necessary things to make up for sales and help them.”