Marks & Spencer sales grew by 1.3% in a "challenging market" in the year to March 2013, the company announced.
But like-for-like UK sales fell by 1%, with general merchandise down 4.1%.
Their food division did better, improving by 1.7%.
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We're all narcissists now (aren't we) so it must be OK for me to see the prism of UK politics through my two stints as a political editor.