Global clothing chain H&M boosted its sales by 15% during July, compared to the same month last year, following an 8% rise in total sales last month.

Same-store sales during July increased 3%, recovering from a 2% same-store decline for the Sweden-based company last month.

H&M operated 1,601 stores on 31 July 2008, up from 1,422 on 31 July 2007, including 20 stores acquired in connection with the takeover of Fabric Scandinavien in March this year.