Struggling Japanese retailer Seiyu, an affiliate of US retail titan Wal-Mart, has reported a first-half net loss and confirmed its forecast of fourth consecutive full-year loss.

Seiyu, which is 42.4% owned by Wal-Mart, posted a net loss of ¥10.59bn (US$95.9m) for the six months to June, compared to a loss of ¥2.88bn a year earlier, hit by weak sales, reported Reuters. Sales dropped 5.4% to ¥482.03bn.

The company insisted it was on the way to recovery, however, as it progresses with the adoption of Wal-Mart retail systems.

Seiyu, which has around 400 stores, reiterated its forecast for a full-year net loss of ¥7.5bn.