Marks and Spencer food sales rise 4%

Marks and Spencer Group's quarterly trading statement showed that while its like-for-like UK food sales had risen by 4%, its general merchandise trading fell by almost as much:

  • Group sales: +3.1%
  • Total UK sales: +2.6%; Food: +6.3%; General merchandise: -2.2%
  • Like for like UK sales: +0.6%; Food: +4.0%; General merchandise: -3.8%
  • Multi-channel sales: +22.9%
  • International sales: +7.0%

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Food figures boost M&S sales

Marks & Spencer reported a quarterly sales rise of 3.1%, which it said was its strongest in two years. There was a 4% rise in food sales compared to the same period last year but general merchandise, including clothing, fell by 3.8%.