H&M says to wind down business in Russia

STOCKHOLM – H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Monday (July 18) it had decided to wind down its business in Russia, joining a growing list of companies fully exiting the country.

The company suspended its business in Russia in early March following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia was H&M’s sixth biggest market and the company was increasing its store count there while reducing physical stores in many other markets.

“After careful consideration, we see it as impossible given the current situation to continue our business in Russia,” Chief Executive Helena Helmersson said in a statement.

The company intends to temporarily reopen physical stores for a limited period of time to sell remaining inventory in Russia.

The entire wind-down is expected to cost about 2 billion Swedish crowns (S$268 million), of which about 1 billion crowns will have a cash flow impact.

The full amount will be included as one-time costs in the results for the third quarter.

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