Marks & Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland said the company is making "strong progress" in its bid to become an "international multi-channel retailer", despite reporting a drop in pre-tax profit during the first half of the year.
Instead, Mr Bolland highlighted the firm's performance in the second quarter, which was better than the previous quarter.
– Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland
We took steps to address the short term merchandising issues in General Merchandise and as a result, we delivered an improved performance.
Eighteen months in, we are making strong progress with our plan to transform M&S into an International Multi-channel retailer.
Our new International stores are performing well, and our Multi-channel business is delivering strong growth.