The Swedish retail giant said its net sales, in local currencies, were flattish over June to September, compared to the same period last year.
The weaker-than-expected quarterly update suggests that the chain has struggled to lift sales in recent months, as Europe has been swept with more volatile weather conditions.
Its shares, listed in Stockholm, were down by nearly five per cent on Friday morning.
But H&M said that its net sales in Swedish krona increased by six per cent to 60.9bn Swedish krona (£4.4 billion) year-on-year.
Excluding stores in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, which have been impacted by Russia’s war in Ukraine, sales rose by eight per cent in Swedish krona, it said.
“Profitability and inventory levels have been prioritised in the latest quarter,” the firm said, suggesting its broader financial performance had been prioritised over sales during the latest period.
The update to investors comes days after the group’s biggest rival Inditex, which owns the Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka brands, posted a big leap in its profits and sales.
The world’s largest fashion business saw sales grow by 13.5 per cent over the latest half-year to €16.9 bn (£14.6bn) with growth both in stores and online.
It came as the retailer slowed down price increases to customers after efforts to reduce cost inflation.
H&M’s update to investors comes ahead of a nine-month financial report set to be released later this month.
Press Association – Anna Wise