HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish premium department store chain Stockmann on Friday posted a rise in fourth-quarter earnings and said it expected the positive development to continue as long as no major COVID-19 restrictions are imposed anymore.

The 160-year-old retailer, which has gone through heavy cost cutting and debt management, said its October-December operating profit was 50.6 million euros ($56.8 million), up from a loss of 256 million in the same quarter a year ago.

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(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)