Fashion retailer H&M weighs tens of thousands of job cuts because of coronavirus


Basic see of the shut H&M store, at Avenue des Champs Elysees, in the 8th quarter of Paris, as the city imposes unexpected emergency actions to battle the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, on March 16, 2020 in Paris, France.

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Rapidly-vogue retailer H&M explained Monday it is weighing laying off tens of thousands of workers globally temporarily, as it works by interruptions to its enterprise from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The business also declared it has canceled its dividend proposal. 

H&M, which is headquartered in Sweden and is one particular of the most important clothing suppliers in the entire world, has for the time becoming shuttered all of its suppliers in its numerous of its premier markets, together with Germany and the U.S. All shops in the U.K. shut as of this earlier weekend. 

As of Monday early morning, the business claimed a complete of 3,441 of its 5,062 retailers throughout the world are closed, “which collectively with subdued desire in the marketplaces that are nonetheless open, has experienced important destructive impression on profits so much in March.” 

Confronted with slumping product sales, H&M said it is reviewing its business enterprise and wanting for strategies to minimize fees. It said it has begun talks about short-term layoffs “in a amount of marketplaces.” It stated it are not able to nonetheless quantify how many persons this will influence. H&M explained it is also contemplating terminating some employees, “because of to the unfavorable influence of the corona circumstance on the enterprise.” 

The enterprise, meantime, experienced stated above the weekend that it was repurposing its offer chain to help make private protective products, such as masks, to be utilised in hospitals that are in dire want. 

Examine the comprehensive launch from H&M.


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