Spanish fashion retailer Mango to hand over Russian shops

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MADRID, June 20 (Reuters) - Spanish fashion retailer Mango is in talks with local partners in Russia to hand over the shops it had temporary closed in March following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

The first two of the 55 shops Mango was directly operating in Russia will be transferred this week to local partners, the Spanish company said in a statement on Monday.

Many Western retailers are seeking to get out of the Russian market. Furniture maker IKEA last week said it would sell factories, close offices and reduce its workforce in Russia, while many others have shuttered their stores for months.

Companies such as McDonald's MCD.N, Renault RENA.PA and Enel ENEI.MI have written down hundreds of millions of dollars in losses as they sell assets at cut prices.

Mango expects another 22 shops in Russia to be handed over to third parties between June and July, while it continues to negotiate on the future of the rest with other associates.

"Given the uncertainty regarding the evolution of the geopolitical situation and to guarantee continuity for its 800 employees in the country, Mango will cease to operate directly in Russia," the company said.

A total of 65 Mango franchise stores were already being run by third parties in Russia, 53 of which remain open, the company said, after the Spanish retailer also stopped website sales to Russia and cut exports to the country in March.

With Mango leaving Russia, local associates will have to purchase the company's products in Spain or through intermediaries reselling them in their stores.

Russia accounted for 8% of the company earnings before interest and taxes at the end of 2021 and was among Mango's five largest markets.

The retailer allocated a provision of 20 million euros for the impact of the temporary closure of its Russian operation.

Moscow has called its actions in Ukraine a special military operation.

In Ukraine, Mango said it has reopened nine shops, five of them through third-party associates.

(Reporting by Corina Pons, Editing by Aislinn Laing and Ed Osmond)

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