Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is a Swedish clothing retailer, with outlets in 43 countries. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer, just behind Spain’s Inditex, the parent of ZARA, according to Wikipedia.

Retailer hopes Old Navy will bridge China gap

Gap will have to fight for brand recognition in China for its Old Navy chain. Photo: AP

When Gap began an online campaign before it launched its Old Navy label in China, the iconic US clothing retailer asked its potential Chinese customers: have you heard of Old Navy?

Only a few had.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 3:22pm

More Bangladesh factories dangerous: AP

A woman, who lost her arm in the Rana Plaza building collapse, undergoes treatment at a Bangladesh hospital. The April 24 building collapse caused 1,130 deaths. Photo: EPA

Bangladeshi garment factories are routinely built without consulting engineers. Many are located in commercial or residential buildings not designed to withstand the stress of heavy manufacturing. Some add illegal extra floors atop support columns too weak to hold them, according to a survey of scores of factories by an engineering university that was shown to The Associated Press.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:04pm

H&M fashions upscale accessories chain

H&M has lagged behind Inditex, owner of Zara. Photo: Bloomberg

Counting on the adage that sales of affordable luxuries like lipstick and scarves climb in tough times, Hennes & Mauritz is rolling out a new chain called & Other Stories that focuses on upscale accessories.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:24am

China 'will be H&M's top market', says CEO Persson

H&M chief executive Karl-Johan Persson is looking to open outlets in India and South America as European demand struggles. Photo: AP

China's economy is "growing rapidly", Persson said, though he declined to give a time frame for when the country will be the Swedish company's top market. Persson also said H&M would consider opening outlets in India, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina, as European demand struggles to recover.


1 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Something new: aware wear

Vanessa Paradis is the face of H&M's Conscious label.

Fashion retailer H&M wants to get into your head. Conscious, the side label established by the Swedish clothing giant in 2011 with sustainability in mind, has launched a garment-collecting initiative aimed at redistributing recycled and eco-friendly material.

2 Feb 2013 - 9:28pm

Maison Martin Margiela and H&M in eye-catching launch

Shawn Yue (front), Pakho Chau and Kenneth Tsang lead the way during the parade through Central at the weekend.

The much-hyped collaborative collection by avant-garde Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela and H&M hits the store today.

Over the weekend, 50 models staged a promotional "silent parade", in keeping with MMM's less-is-more philosophy.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:05am

Briefs, October 25, 2012

Japan's new justice minister, Makoto Taki. Photo: AP

Curfew in Rakhine after renewed clashes

YANGON - Myanmar has imposed a night-time curfew in at least two towns in the state of Rakhine after renewed deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in the area. Official media said yesterday two people had been killed and eight injured in the violence since Sunday, while 1,039 homes had been burned down. Reuters


25 Oct 2012 - 3:49am

H&M trails Zara's Inditex in fast-fashion retail stakes

H&M's profit comes in below market estimates

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Europe's second-biggest clothing retailer, reported third-quarter profit that missed estimates and delayed the start of online operations in the United States, as it falls further behind Zara owner Inditex.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:51am

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16 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

High-low collaboration designed to keep consumers on their toes

If Swedish retail giant H&M has soared high in the past few years, it's not solely on the back of the massive global expansion that has made it the second-largest fashion retailer on the planet (behind Zara's parent company, Inditex).

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Goods

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5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

My secret to success is teamwork

Being a store manager at one of Hong Kong's most high-profile clothing retailers is no easy feat for Ruby Lau Pui-chu, but she gets the work done thanks in part to the people working around her.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Green is the new black

With carbon footprints and reuseable grocery bags becoming all the rage in the fashion world, the time seems right for high-street chain H&M to expand its organic collection. Originally comprising a few separates, the range has been extended for the new season, to include everything from underwear to outerwear for men, women, teenagers and children.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

H&M needs staff to fuel Asian expansion

Continued substantial growth is the term that best characterises H&M's global strategy. The establishment of its stores in Hong Kong and Shanghai represents the clothing group's first step into the populous Asian markets.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


How did it start?

Erling Persson founded H&M in Vasteras, Sweden, in 1947. A salesman, Persson wanted to develop a retail idea he'd come across during a trip to the US, focusing on high turnover and low prices. H&M was originally named Hennes (Swedish for 'hers') because the store only carried women's clothing (right).

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am