Hugo Boss predicts recovery after Hong Kong hit

BERLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Hugo Boss expects sales and operating profit to rise in the fourth quarter, helped by modernisation of its stores and online partnerships, after the German fashion house took a hit from falling sales in the United States and Hong Kong.

Last month, Hugo Boss cut its 2019 earnings forecast, citing weak demand in the United States and Hong Kong, and reported preliminary third quarter results that were below its expectations and which it confirmed on Tuesday.

It said it expected a "significant" increase in operating profit in the fourth quarter and a return to sales growth, after sales were stagnant in the third quarter, citing the success of recent fashion shows in Milan and Shanghai. (Reporting by Emma Thomasson Editing by Michelle Martin)