Today, 10:44 AM
- Uniqlo (OTCPK:FRCOY) aims to have 39 stores up and running in the U.S. by the middle of November as it builds out its fast-fashion brand with consumers.
- The company has a goal to have 200 stores in the U.S. by 2020.
- What to watch Though traditional rivals for Uniqlo include Zara (OTCPK:IDEXY), Hennes & Mauritz (OTCPK:HMRZF), and Gap (NYSE:GPS) - an explosive growth run by Uniqlo could threaten clothing chains (AEO, ARO, ANF, PSUN, ZUMZ, EXPR, BKE, URBN, WTSL, JNY, CACH, CATO, BEBE, TLYS) up and down the retail sector over the longer term.
Wed, Jun. 18, 7:08 AM
- Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF) reports a 25% gain in net income to 5.81B kronor ($870M) in FQ2 to top the consensus estimate of analysts.
- The global retailer's gross margin rate slipped 30 bps to 60.8%.
- Spring collections sold well as H&M picked up market share.
- The company plans to open new online markets in Spain, Italy, and China this year and 375 stores this year.
Wed, Jun. 18, 3:44 AM
- H&M (HMRZF) is planning to add up to 10 new online markets and a shoe range after a solid performance in its second quarter.
- "We have had a good second quarter with a strong increase in both sales and profits and increased market share," says CEO Karl-Johan Persson.
- Net profit in Q2 rose 25% to $876M, from $693M in the same period of 2013. Sales including value-added tax totaled $6.7B.
- Hennes & Mauritz is planning to open 375 new stores worldwide this year.
Wed, Apr. 9, 11:09 AM
- Fast-forward companies have the scale to continue to put the pricing hammer to teen retailers (AEO, ARO, ANF, GPS, PSUN, ZUMZ, EXPR, BKE), according to analysts.
- Though the group has been shifting strategy to align closer to the new styles and pricing points that teenagers want, fast-fashion giants such as Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF), Fast Retailing (FRCOY), and Inditex (IDEXY) appear to be at least a step ahead.
- What to watch: Critical to the successful transition of any teen retailer toward a fast-fashion model will be the ability to retool supply chains and cut down manufacturing turnaround times. Gap might have the edge in this area..
Wed, Mar. 19, 7:55 AM
- Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF) continues to grow its global store base aggressively to positive results.
- The fast-fashion giant added 374 stores last year to take its store count to close to 3.2K.
- Analysts think the retailer has an edge over other brick & mortar apparel sellers because consumers are more eager to shift through its low-cost variety of clothes.
- What to watch: H&M is looking to build out its brand in the U.S. as well. Channel checks indicates its online business is vibrant in the region.
Wed, Feb. 12, 9:12 AM
- Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF) plans to open its first store in India sometime during the second half of the year.
- The global retailer received final approval from the Indian government in December to set up shop in the region.
- Forecasts for spending in the clothing market in India are sky-high, but political risks still abound.
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Dec. 4, 2013, 11:01 AM
- Lululemon (LULU -1%) has another competitor in the yoga/athletic space as Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF) struts out some new lines, notes Hedgeye's Brian McGough.
- The retailer reportedly had decent store traffic during the Black Friday weekend with a low level of discounting and has been added to Janney Capital's 2014 Best Ideas List. Despite heavyweights such as Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Gap encroaching into LULU's categories - many retail analysts see demand strong enough to sustain the group.
Oct. 15, 2013, 7:35 AM| Comment!
Jul. 29, 2013, 1:37 PM
- Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF.PK) will launch an online store in the U.S. next month.
- The retailer will trail rival Zara into the online U.S. market by close to two years and could face difficulty making a splash with heavyweights like Urban Outfitters already well-entrenched with mobile and online consumers.
Jun. 19, 2013, 7:26 AM
May. 30, 2013, 7:15 AMA number of retailers are setting up shop in Mexico to test the waters with stand-alone stores amid an alluring decline in tariffs in the nation. The aspirational aspect of young Mexican consumers bodes well for Gap (GPS), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF.PK), and Forever 21 - but the influx of new retailers has cut into sales for the local arm of Wal-Mart (WMT). | 1 Comment
May. 22, 2013, 1:43 PMGoogle just released a new tool under Google Trends to rank the highest search terms per category. Though it's not quite actionable advice quite yet, a lot of scientific abstracts have been making a solid case that in some industries a correlation between Google searches and stock prices exists. The trick is separating negative searches from positive ones. The most searched fashion brands on Google: 1) Forever 21 2) American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +2.3%) 3) Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF.PK) 4) Tiffany (TIF +0.2%) 5) Hollister (ANF +1.2%). | 1 Comment
Apr. 26, 2013, 7:23 AM
Mar. 21, 2013, 7:22 AMEurope retail watch: Hennes & Mauritz (HMRZF.PK, HNNMY.PK) saw sales increase 2% Y/Y to 28.4B kronar ($4.39B) during FQ1 while profit slumped 10% to 2.46B kronar ($380M). Execs warn that 2013 will be challenging as a severe bout of cold weather delays the start of spring collections in key markets. | Comment!
Mar. 18, 2013, 10:17 AMHennes & Mauritz (HMRZF.PK, HNNMY.PK) will increase its presence in the U.S. and launch an e-commerce channel, according to Women's Wear Daily. Analysts think the Swedish company's fresh brands could strike a chord with fashion-conscious women shoppers. Watching H&M: ANN, CWTR, CHS, WTSL, CACH, LTD, BODY, ASNA, NWY, CBK. | Comment!
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