Fast Retailing has cut its annual profit outlook as extra Covid restrictions in Japan and elsewhere dented footfall. But its nine-month and Q3 performances were broadly strong and Theory improved in the latest quarter.
Fast Retailing released H1 results on Thursday, plus its Japanese Uniqlo performance for March. Both reports showed the business is doing well in general, even if the H1 figures showed some smaller brands struggling.
Uniqlo's Japanese owner on Thursday said operating profits were higher than pre-pandemic levels in its Q1, boosted by China's resurgence and strong demand for stay-at-home clothes like jogging pants and loungewear.
Fast Retailing said on Friday that it’s pulling its GU chain out of the South Korean market later this summer. It will close all three of its GU stores in the country, less than two years after it opened there.
Circumstances conspired against Fast Retailing in Q1 with the firm having faced several obstacles in the Asia market. And its Uniqlo chain was also at the mercy of the weather last month as high temperatures hit sales.
Uniqlo and GU owner Fast Retailing said on Tuesday that hackers could have accessed personal information of around half a million Japanese customers of those two retail brands via their respective webstores.