H&M

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H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, is a Swedish clothing company, known for their inexpensive clothing offerings. It was established in Västerås in Sweden in 1947 by Erling Persson, though at the time it only sold women's clothing and was called Hennes, Swedish for "hers." In 1968, Persson acquired the premises and inventory of a Stockholm hunting equipment store named Mauritz Widforss. Included in the inventory was a supply of men's clothing, prompting Persson to expand into menswear. Accordingly, he renamed the store Hennes & Mauritz, later abbreviated to H&M. H&M operates in 19 countries and has more than 40,000 employees.

Though its price point is well in the discount fashion range, they have marketed their brand to the high-end fashion consumer, both through ads in fashion magazines and the placement of their stores in areas more typically associated with expensive designer stores. In November 2004, selected H&M stores offered an exclusive collection by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, as it seems with great success.

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H&M in Europe

In 2003, H&M announced its entry into the traditionally exclusive Milan fashion scene. Initial analysts declared that the high-fashion Italian market would be extremely resistant to the entry of this low-end competitor. It remains to be seen if H&M and other low-end retailers will be able to find a market there.

In February 2004, The Gap, another prominent international retailer, sold off all of its German outlets to its competitor, H&M.

H&M in North America

H&M launched its first American outlet on March 31, 2000 on New York's famous Fifth Avenue. Following the success of that flagship, additional outlets were opened in the SoHo area and in Upstate New York in Syracuse, Utica, and West Nyack.

H&M expanded into Canada in 2004, opening its first Canadian location in Toronto's Fairview Mall. The Canadian flagship location, was built as part of a renovation of the Eaton Centre and opened in late September 2004. The store seems to be a success in the Toronto market, as it during its first week of operations, the store exceded capacity and customers were forced to wait in line to get in. H&M also recently opened a store along Bloor Street, in the upmarket shopping district of Yorkville. Other locations are in the Toronto suburbs of Markham, Ontario and Thornhill, Ontario.

There are plans for a new H&M to be opened in San Francisco, California in the Fall of 2005. This will be the first H&M store to open on the West coast of the United States.

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