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H&M shares jump 13% as profit smashes expectations

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H&M shares jump 13% as profit smashes expectations

Shares of H&M leapt 13% in early deals on Wednesday, after the Swedish retailer significantly beat profit expectations for its fiscal first quarter.

Operating profit rose to 2.08 billion Swedish krona ($196 million), versus the 1.43 billion krona forecast in a LSEG poll of analysts. The company’s operating margin rose to 3.9% from 1.3%, as year-on-year sales fell.

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“Development continued in the right direction in the first quarter with an improved gross margin and operating profit, lower inventory and strong cash flow,” said H&M Group CEO Daniel Ervér, who joined the company at the start of the year after the surprise resignation of Helena Helmersson.

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H&M has announced a focus on profitability over sales, amid pressure from growing competition from Zara owner Inditex and Chinese fast fashion retailers, such as Shein.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

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