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How M&S plans to revamp its clothing business

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lower...

Sub-brands and stores key to M&S margin gains

There is a limit to long-term margin improvement for Marks & Spencer's general merchandise division, and earnings will be difficult to achie...

Michelle Russell | 14 Jan 2016

It's no secret that Marks & Spencer has struggled to stem the losses in its clothing division. And with the unit's head Steve Rowe departing to take on the role of group CEO, the gap will need to be filled relatively quickly if the UK retailer is to address this problem area.

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2015

Today's first-half results from Marks & Spencer have offered a mixed picture for its clothing business. Like-for-like sales fell, but margins improved thanks to continued progress in the UK retailer's direct sourcing initiatives. While M&S is optimistic it can maintain margins and has upped its full-year forecast, will its investments in sourcing and a new rewards card be enough to revive the retailer's clothing fortunes? 

Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.

Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2015

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 12 Nov 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.

Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 2016

Marks & Spencer has published its first supply chain map for clothing and its first human rights report as part of the retailer's ethical commitments detailed in its first Plan A update under new CEO Steve Rowe. 

Michelle Russell | 24 May 2016

UK retailer Marks & Spencer may see a shake-up of its sourcing team with the potential departure next year of two senior executives who have overhauled the group's supply chain. 

Michelle Russell | 12 May 2016

Marks & Spencer has made a number of changes to its management structure in order to drive "speedier decision making", including the formation of an operating committee to oversee business development and strategy.

Michelle Russell | 7 Apr 2016

Turning around its clothing and home businesses will be the priority for Marks & Spencer, new CEO Steve Rowe has said, as the UK retailer revealed lower sales for the division in its fourth-quarter.

Michelle Russell | 5 Apr 2016

The new CEO of Marks & Spencer will also continue to lead the group's flailing clothing business, it has emerged, and has pledged to make its turnaround a priority for the UK retailer.

Katie Smith | 10 Mar 2016

Six large Chinese rayon and viscose producers have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material from ancient and endangered forests.

Michelle Russell | 25 Feb 2016

Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland, and Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey have joined a long list of apparel industry figures in voicing their opposition to Britain's exit from the European Union, which they believe will deter investment, threaten jobs and put the economy at risk.

Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2016

Marks & Spencer has defended its position over a report by a labour campaign group that claims workers making the UK retailer's clothes in some Asian countries are not being paid a living wage, despite a promise to do so. 

Katie Smith | 11 Feb 2016

More sourcing directly from suppliers has improved the profitability of Marks & Spencer's general merchandise business, narrowing the gap with Next Plc, according to a report published this week.

Michelle Russell | 7 Jan 2016

The chief executive of Marks & Spencer, Marc Bolland, is to step down after the UK retailer today (7 January) revealed its most "disappointing" clothing sales for the Christmas period yet.

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2015

UK retail group Marks & Spencer today (4 November) said its decision to focus on margins and discount less weighed on clothing sales in the first half, in what were “challenging market conditions”. 

Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2015

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.

Leonie Barrie | 9 Oct 2015

Keen to highlight its eco and ethical credentials – from products made in specifically accredited factories, to the use of sustainably sourced fabrics – retailer M&S has asked eco-campaigner Livia Firth to put together a capsule collection picked from its existing autumn clothing ranges.

Michelle Russell | 28 Sep 2015

UK retail group Marks and Spencer has promoted Queralt Ferrer as its first director of design for women's wear, lingerie and beauty.

Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2015

UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.

Michelle Russell | 30 Jul 2015

The UK Government is forcing retailers to play their part in helping eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains, under new measures to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill.

Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 2015

Marks & Spencer's share price fell this morning as the UK retailer's head of clothing and homewares, John Dixon, announced his decision to step down.

Katie Smith | 7 Jul 2015

Analysts remain upbeat on Marks & Spencer's short-medium term potential, despite the UK retailer reporting a decline in first quarter like-for-like general merchandise sales, which includes clothing.

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said cotton remains the biggest challenge for the group when it comes to tracing its supply chain back to raw materials.

Katie Smith | 3 Jul 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar has introduced its first minimum wage for garment workers, Marks & Spencer is to launch a supply human rights policy, and Adidas has developed its first shoe upper made from ocean waste.

Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

Denim brand G-Star Raw has become the latest company pledging to eliminate the use of rayon and viscose fabrics derived from ancient and endangered forests in its clothes.

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has delivered its first increase in profits in four years thanks to improved general merchandise gross margin, less discounting and better deals with suppliers.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.

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