In December 2012, H&M Group total sales including VAT in local currencies increased by 8 percent compared to the same month the previous year. Sales in comparable units decreased by 2 percent. Comparable units comprise the stores and the internet and catalogue sales countries that have been in operation for at least a financial year. Sales in December were affected by a negative calendar effect of approximately 3 percentage points.

The total number of stores amounted to 2,809 on 31 December 2012 versus 2,490 on 31 December 2011.

The full year report for the financial year of 2011/2012 will be published on 30 January 2013

Karl-Johan Persson, Managing Director  

Contact: Nils Vinge, Head of IR +46-8-796 5250

The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on 15 January 2013.

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H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M’s business idea is to offer fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories, H&M Home as well as ARKET. The H&M group has 43 online markets and 4,739 stores in 69 markets including franchise markets as per 30 November 2017. In 2017, sales including VAT amounted toapproximately SEK 232* billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 161,000. For further information, visit