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H&M Speeds Up Expansion as First Quarter Pretax Lags Consensus

Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, posted on Thursday a slightly bigger drop than expected in fiscal first-quarter pretax earnings and said it would open more stores this year than previously planned.

H&M, whose biggest rival is Zara owner Inditex, said it now planned to open around 350 new stores this fiscal year, compared with the 325 previously planned.

Pretax profit in the December-February period was 3.23 billion crowns ($499.9 million), down from a year-earlier 3.70 billion and below a mean forecast in a Reuters poll of analysts for 3.26 billion.

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