Last month's sales at five major department stores fell 5% to 11% compared to the same month last year, partly due to continued shortening of business hours due to the extension of the state of emergency.

In February of last year, sales had already fallen due to the effects of the new coronavirus, but the results were even worse than that.

The preliminary sales figures for last month announced by five major department stores on the 1st were lower than the same month last year, and the rate of decline was 11.6% for Hankyu Hanshin Department Store, 11% for Sogo & Seibu, and Daimaru and Matsuzakaya. J. Front Retailing accounted for 10.7%, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings accounted for 8%, and Takashimaya accounted for 5.5%.

In February of last year, which is the comparison target, the sales of each company decreased by 6% to 17% from the previous year due to the decrease in foreign tourists due to the influence of the new coronavirus and the growing tendency to refrain from going out. Last month, the result was even lower than that.

The state of emergency has been lifted except for one metropolitan area and three prefectures, but each company thinks that it will take time to recover customers, and strengthens foreign businesses and online shopping, which often purchase high-priced items. , I want to raise the sales.