Group sales at fashion retailer H&M rose 15 per cent last month compared with October last year.

Like-for-like sales rose 3 per cent in the same period.

Last week, the retailer’s much-hyped Roberto Cavalli at H&M collection sold out in UK stores in just two days, making it the retailer’s fastest selling event.

In the 52 weeks to October 31, 2007, H&M opened 169 stores worldwide