Marks & Spencer news

30 September 2013
The British retailer plans new store openings with local partner Reliance Retail. Expansion across the market's key cities Marks and Spencer plans to between six and eight new stores in India in the next six months, adding to its existing network of 35 stores. M&S has been operating in the market for 12 years, first through franchise, and now in partnership with the retail branch of le...
27 September 2013
IGD has launched a new store tour in conjunction with Sealed Air. The tour is open to all suppliers, and will be of particular interest to those looking to maximise their time in London by visiting the best of the capital's ground-breaking stores, before the next day's IGD Convention.  Visiting the top UK retailers The new programme will see suppliers taken on an interactive tour, stopping...
25 July 2013
With the summer now in full swing, and schools broken up for the next six weeks, we take a look at the mix of promotional angles being used by retailers across the UK. 1. Summer savers Morrisons and Tesco are both offering summer promotions to support their broader value messaging. Morrisons "Hot Deals" cover a wide variety of seasonal and core products, while Tesco is offering a "Sum...
09 July 2013
M&S has reported encouraging first quarter trading with group sales up by 3.3%, an improvement on the 3.1% achieved in Q4. Strong performances from food and M&S's international operations were assisted by an improving trend in general merchandise. Food: broadening customer appeal Total food sales advanced by 4.5% (1.8% LFL) in the 13 weeks to 29 June as shoppers responded to M&S's increasingl...
03 July 2013
Latest figures from data agency Nielsen indicates that in the the four week period to 22 June the UK grocery retail market grew by 2.3%, as against 2.8% in the previous period, ending 25 May.  Market volume sales were up just 0.1%, running up against the celebratory spending for the Diamond Jubilee seen in 2012. Seasonal produce performing well Amongst the key product categories, fresh produc...
21 May 2013
M&S has reported mixed fortunes for its principal businesses with an encouraging performance in food offset by declining sales in general merchandise for the 52 weeks ended 30 March 2013. Headline numbers Group sales: +1.3% to £10.0bn Total UK sales +0.9% (LFL -1.0%) UK Food sales: +3.9% (LFL +1.7%) UK GM Sales: (-2.4% (LFL -4.1%) International sales: +4.5% Multichannel...
13 May 2013
Marks & Spencer Al-Futtaim has announced plans to roll out a new store format and add stores across the region. UAE to remain focus in short term Marks & Spencer Al-Futtaim said that the new store format includes better product segmentation a stronger emphasis on the retailer’s fashion sub-brands, like Autograph and Indigo, and further distinctions between product categories, supported by ...
12 May 2013
In the absence of major events to inspire shoppers this year, M&S has launched a new campaign designed to put its food at the heart of everyday occasions. Leveraging M&S's reputation The new campaign to "Make Today Delicious" seeks to build on the retailer's reputation as a destination for special events by showing shoppers how they can use its food to make everyday moments more special. Last y...
18 April 2013
M&S has announced that this year it will open six pilot Simply Food stores in the Netherlands - its first outside the UK - as part of a multi-channel package of investments in the country. M&S to pilot Simply Food at BP forecourts The first Simply Food store is set to open at a BP Forecourt in Utrecht in September, followed by five further pilot stores in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht by Nov...
11 April 2013
M&S has reported group growth of 3.1% for the 13 weeks to 30 March 2013. Total UK sales grew 2.6% (LFL +0.6%) a marked improvement on last quarter's growth of 0.3% (LFL -1.8%). Food continued to outperform the total business, showing a 6.3% total uplift and a LFL rise of 4.0%. Headline figures from Q4 Group sales: +3.1% Total UK sales: +2.6% (+0.6% LFL) Food sales: +6.3% (+4...