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 & Other Stories, Cheap Monday, COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,700 stores in 61 markets including franchise markets. In 2014, sales including VAT were SEK 177 billion and the number of employees is more than 132,000. For further information, visit (