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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