For the full-year 2011, H&M posted a net profit of 15.82 billion kronor (1.79 billion euros, $2.33 billion), down from 18.68 billion kronor in 2010, largely owing to soaring prices for materials, especially cotton, which significantly hiked its purchasing costs, the company said in its earnings statement.
Sales meanwhile swelled 1.5 percent to 128.8 billion kronor.
"H&M stands strong in a challenging market," chief executive Karl-Johan Persson insisted in the statement.
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