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Dow Jones Newswires: H&M profit drops after Russia exit costs

Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday that net profit for its third quarter fell significantly after it booked a one-time cost related to the winding down of its Russian operations, and that it will start a cost and efficiency program.

The company
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posted a net profit of 531 million Swedish kronor ($47.4 million) for the fiscal quarter ended Aug. 31, compared with SEK4.69 billion a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a net profit of SEK2.17 billion.

Sales were SEK57.45 billion compared with SEK55.59 billion a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected sales of SEK57.45 billion.

The company said it has booked a one-time cost of SEK2.10 billion, related to the winding down of Russian operations, hitting the result for the quarter.

The cost and efficiency program is expected to result in annual savings of around SEK2 billion.

“The third quarter has largely been impacted by our decision to pause sales and then wind down the business in Russia. This has had a significant effect on our sales and profitability, which explains half of the decrease in profits compared with the third quarter last year,” Chief Executive Helena Helmersson said.

Write to Kyle Morris at kyle.morris@dowjones.com

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