TOKYO, Oct 12 — Uniqlo’s parent company said today that its annual net profit more than doubled from a year ago to a record thanks to strong sales and as a cheaper yen inflated profits.
Fast Retailing’s net profit came in at ¥119 billion (RM4.2 billion) in the fiscal year through August, with revenue up 4.2 per cent at ¥1.86 trillion, it said.
Asia’s biggest retailer — a rival of Zara, Gap and H&M — said sales were particularly strong at Uniqlo’s foreign outlets including in China and around Asia-Pacific.
Fast Retailing has refocused its strategy on luring bargain-hunters after an earlier bid to raise prices hurt Uniqlo’s sales.
Operating profit for the latest period also surged, jumping nearly 39 per cent to ¥176 billion hanks partly to cost-cutting and a smaller loss in its US business, the company said.
“Several factors contributed to this strong performance, including a considerable improvement in the gross profit to net sales margin following the shift towards much tighter discounting... the positive effects of cost-cutting efforts, and a halving of the operating loss at Uniqlo USA,” it said in a statement.
For the year to August 2018, the company expects a ¥120 billion net profit with operating profit at ¥200 billion on sales of ¥2.05 trillion, up 10 per cent, as it eyes opening more stores outside Japan. — AFP