“Profits in the second quarter have been affected by a continued negative US dollar effect, but also by increased markdowns and the costs of our long-term investments. The fact that the sales increase in the quarter was below plan, naturally also had an impact on profits,” Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M said.
Sales including VAT increased by 2 per cent in local currencies in Q2 to SEK 54,341 million as compared to SEK 53,233 million in the same period last year. Excluding VAT, sales amounted to SEK 46,874 million as compared to SEK 45,867 million previously.
The group's profit after tax was reported to be SEK 3.24 per share as compared to SEK 3.90 per share in the previous quarter, affected mostly by higher purchasing costs because of strengthened US dollar and by increased markdowns.
“It has been a challenging half-year for fashion retail in many markets, but we have great confidence going forward and are continuing to develop our offering further within all our brands,” Persson added. (MCJ)
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