A COVID-19 induced uptick in online shopping at the expense of in-person retail is forcing H&M to close 250 of its stores in 2021.
According to CNN, the fast-fashion retailer has 5,000 stores worldwide, so Thursday's announcement accounts for 5% of its total store count.
"More and more customers started shopping online during the pandemic," following temporary store closures that, at its peak, totaled about 80% of its store count, H&M said in a statement Thursday.
The Sweden-based clothing retailer reported that its third quarter reflected growth from June to August as stores reopened and an increasing number of customers began shopping via the company's online store. Despite this positive report, September sales declined 5% compared to the same month a year ago.
"Although the challenges are far from over, we believe that the worst is behind us and we are well placed to come out of the crisis stronger," CEO Helena …