Fast Retailing shares surged to the highest level this year in Tokyo trading after the owner of clothing brand Uniqlo posted a record quarterly profit and raised full-year forecasts.
The stock rose as much as 8.5%, the biggest one-day gain since April 15. And headed for the highest close since November 2021.
Strong results in North America and Europe helped offset sharp declines in sales and profit in China; Fast Retailing’s biggest foreign market that has been hampered by COVID-19 restrictions on mobility and business, the company said.
The yen’s slide to a 24-year low of 139 to the U.S. dollar is also providing a boost; by lifting the repatriated value of overseas earnings.
Operating profit for the three-month period to the end of May jumped 37% from a year earlier to 81.8 billion yen ($587.4 million), an all-time high.
The company raised its dividend and lifted its full-year operating profit forecast by 17% to 290 billion yen.