Jan 16, 2017
H&M monthly sales growth 6 percent, lagging forecasts
Jan 16, 2017
Budget fashion retailer H&M reported on Monday a 6 percent year-on-year increase in local currency sales in December, the slowest pace since September and lagging expectations.
Analysts polled by Reuters had on average forecast an 8 percent increase in the industry's important Christmas holidays shopping month, which is the first month of the Swedish group's fiscal first quarter.
H&M, the world's second-largest clothing retailer after Inditex, said that converted into Swedish crowns, sales increased by 10 percent. It did not comment on the figures.
In November, its growth was roughly unchanged from October at 9 percent, missing expectations for an acceleration on the back of demand for winter clothes.
H&M, which has the bulk of sales in Europe, has in the past year blamed several monthly sales misses on unseasonable weather. Like its rivals, H&M has underperformed Inditex, partly because the Zara owner has a supply chain that enables it to react more quickly to shifts in demand, making it less exposed to variations on weather.
H&M will publish its full earnings report for its fiscal year through November on Jan. 31.
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