Markets and Expansion

H&M Group continues to grow. The expansion is long-term and takes place through our different brands, each with their own unique identity.

Our offering is aimed at fashion fans all over the world. We are growing with a focus on quality and sustainability in existing markets as well as in new countries. H&M Group includes the brands - H&M and H&M HOME, COS, & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday, ARKET and Afound.

Expansion

The integration of stores and online continues. Work is continuing to roll out online globally to all H&M’s existing markets and to other markets as well.

In 2019 H&M and H&M HOME opened online in Mexico, and H&M via franchise in Indonesia, Thailand and Egypt. This means H&M’s online store is available in 51 markets and in addition, H&M was also launched on India’s leading ecommerce platform Myntra. COS, Monki, Weekday, & Other Stories and ARKET opened online in Norway, & Other Stories also opened on Tmall in China and Afound opened online in the Netherlands.

New store markets in 2019 for H&M were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus and – via a franchise partner – Tunisia. This means there are H&M stores in 74 markets. In 2019 Iceland became a new store market for COS, Weekday and Monki. Weekday, & Other Stories and ARKET opened their first stores in Luxembourg. COS also opened in Lithuania and Slovakia, while Monki also opened in Poland as well as via franchise in the United Arab Emirates. Weekday also opened in Poland and Switzerland and & Other Stories in Latvia.

By the end of 2019 customers in around 70 new markets were able to shop online at COS, Weekday, Monki, & Other Stories and ARKET. The exact number of markets per brand varies for this new service.

Adaptation to changes in customers’ shopping patterns was accelerated in 2019 and for the 2020 financial year around 200 new stores are planned to open including franchise stores and there will be around 175 consolidations, i. e. closures, making a net addition of around 25 stores. The majority of the openings will be in South America, Asia (excluding China) and in Russia and Eastern Europe, while the consolidations will take place mainly in Europe, the US and China.

Australia is scheduled to become a new H&M online market in the second half of 2020. H&M will also be launched on the ecommerce platform SSG.COM in South Korea during 2020.

An agreement has been signed with a new franchise partner in Central America. The first H&M store is planned to open in Panama at the end of 2020.

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