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Uniqlo owner to raise prices on fleece products due to weak yen

TOKYO (CNA) – The owner of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo said yesterday it will raise prices on some goods this fall, reflecting increasing cost pressures from the weak yen and logistical hurdles.

Prices on fleece goods and down jackets in the fall/winter product lines will go up by JPY1,000 (USD7.54), a spokesperson confirmed, after an earlier report by the Jiji news service.

The company is also increasing the use of recycled polyester in its fleece products to keep costs down. Consumer prices are surging in Japan after decades of deflation, driven by the yen’s drop to a 20-year low against the dollar and soaring energy costs.

Fast Retailing has competed on low-cost basics like socks and underwear for decades, but its executives have warned recently that rising production costs would necessitate price hikes.

Founder Tadashi Yanai in April railed against the decline in Japan’s currency, saying there was “absolutely no merit” in a weak yen.

File photo shows clothes of the collaborative label +J from Uniqlo’s new tie-up with German designer Jil Sander displayed at the retailer’s press room in Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: CNA