Marks & Spencer news

20 March 2020
M&S has announced considerations of the impact of COVID-19 on its outlook for the next 12 months of trading, as well as longer-term impact on the business. Clothing & home and international business significantly impacted The retailer announced trading over the next 9-12 months in its clothing & home division, as well as the international businesses, is likely to be severely impacted. Whils...
02 March 2020
While Waitrose prepares to ramp up operations and switch shoppers from Ocado to its own online platform, Ocado and M&S answer shoppers’ questions in anticipation of the changes to product range in September. Waitrose: “September offers single biggest growth opportunity for our business”   Currently 150 stores offer the Waitrose.com’s online delivery service, in addition to orders fulfille...
02 March 2020
M&S announces plans to include a Fill Your Own fixture in Manchester in March, and will test the concept across more formats and locations. Source: IGD Research Key features of M&S Fill Your Own trial in Hedge End, Southampton Fixture included in refurbished store on re-opening in December 2019 More than 44 lines product lines. These are cupboard essentials including cereals, ...
11 February 2020
Roll-out of "Mobile Pay Go" 50 stores (all but one in London) now offer shoppers the option to scan and pay through the M&S Mobile Pay Go app. M&S first introduced the technology in 6 trial stores over a year ago. The retailer reports that there is a Mobile Pay Go transaction every three seconds over the lunchtime period in these stores, with the average purchase time taking just 40 seconds...
04 February 2020
The UK’s Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon, has today (4 February 2020) launched her annual survey, inviting suppliers to share their experiences of trading relationships with major retailers and highlight any issues they are facing. The survey has played a vital role in helping the GCA to achieve progress for suppliers, demonstrating where retailers efforts have improved Code ...
09 January 2020
In its latest trading update, for 13 weeks to 28 December, M&S has reported total group sales down 0.7%.  But behind this the performance of its core UK business was stronger with like-for-like sale positive in the period; up 0.2%.  Furthermore, the Food division proved the growth driver, with a market-beating +1.5% offsetting a 3.7% decline in its Clothing & Home sales. Standout performance i...
16 December 2019
Morrisons is the last of the major UK retailers to launch its Christmas ad.  Iceland For Iceland's Christmas 2019 campaign 'The Magic of Frozen', the retailer has partnered with Disney's Frozen, ahead of the release of Frozen 2 at the end of November. The ad uses several characters from the Disney film, with each sharing their favourite part of Christmas. The retailer returns back to ...
12 November 2019
Ahead of the festive season, M&S is launching a new marketing campaign to communicate sharper pricing on everyday lines. New strapline to emphasis value From November 13th, 'Re-marks-able Value' badging will be deployed across the offer to draw customers' attention to low priced products across M&S's range. To be included, all items have been price benchmarked against key competitors and mu...
06 November 2019
While ongoing decline in its clothing & home division impacted group performance, food delivered positive like-for-likes, reports M&S in its interim results for the 26 weeks ending 28th September. Results in brief Group revenue declined -2.1% to £4.86bn Profit before tax and adjusting items down -17.1% Food revenue up 1.2% to £2.85bn, and like-for-like sales up 0.9% drive by volume...
31 October 2019
Six ready meals will be added to the range in selected stores to appeal to growing demand for a Halal diet. Serving dietary demand 36 M&S Food stores will sell the range of meals, which include popular classics such as chicken hotpot and chicken tikka masala. The ready meals will also be sold by M&S's international franchise partner Al-Futtaim in markets including Singapore and Dubai. Pr...