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H&M to decrease store count by 40 in 2020

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Jul '20
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Swedish fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB has increased the pace of store closures for full-year 2020 while reducing the number of openings compared with what was previously planned. The company has planned store closures at around 170 locations and around 130 new store openings, resulting in a net decrease in the number of stores of around 40.

“I am full of admiration for our employees’ commitment, drive and perseverance during this very challenging time. As we have reopened our stores, sales have begun to recover at a faster rate than expected. To meet the rapid changes in customer behaviour caused by Covid-19 we are accelerating our digital development, optimising the store portfolio and further integrating the channels. With our ambitious sustainability work we want to continue to lead fashion retail towards a more sustainable future,” said H&M CEO Helena Helmersson in the company's six-month report for December 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020.

"During the pandemic it became clear how important it is that the digital and physical channels interact to meet customers’ needs. When the majority of the stores were temporarily closed in the second quarter, we focused on redirecting product flow to our digital channels, which remained open at all times in nearly all our online markets. Online sales increased by 36 percent in SEK during the quarter," Helmersson said.

The positive development of online sales has continued since we began reopening our stores. As the stores have reopened, our total sales have gradually begun to recover. Our pace of recovery varies greatly between markets, partly because local restrictions differ, but has so far been better than expected, she added.

For the second quarter ended May 31, 2020, H&M reported 50 per cent sales decline to SEK 28,664 million, compared to sales of SEK 57,474 million in same period prior year. However, online sales increased 36 per cent during Q2 FY20. Company incurred a loss of SEK 4,991 million in the quarter.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RKS)


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