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H&M (SS: HM-B) 3Q16 Results: Sales Miss Consensus And Sharp Profit Erosion

Executive Summary

  • Swedish fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) reported SEK49.0 million in net sales in the three months ended August 31, 2016. This was below the consensus estimate of SEK49.5 million and up 6.4% from SEK46.0 million in the three months ended August 31, 2015. The company did not provide comparable stores sales growth rates.
  • Diluted EPS was SEK2.91 for 3Q16, down 9.3% from SEK3.21 in 3Q16 and in line with the consensus estimate.
  • H&M expects group revenues including VAT to increase by 1% year over year in local currencies in September 2016. Sales in September have been negatively affected by unseasonably hot weather resulting in a challenging start to 4Q16.

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