By  on June 18, 2008

PARIS — Hennes & Mauritz on Wednesday said improved weather conditions in May lifted second-quarter profits and sales, helping make up for tough sales in early spring.

The Swedish fast-fashion giant said second quarter profits after financial items improved 6 percent to 5.43 billion kronor, or $839.3 million, boosted by a 25 percent sales gain in May after adverse weather conditions hamstrung sales in March and April. Sales in the second quarter rose 7.8 percent to 21.61 billion kronor, or $3.34 billion.

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