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Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update just-style | 5 Jun 20

Gap Inc, JCPenney, Caleres, and Adidas are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

M&S plans near-sourcing after 75% clothing sales hit Michelle Russell | 20 May 20

Marks & Spencer is to accelerate a number of changes within the business after taking a 75% sales hit on clothing sales during the coronavirus lockdown – with plans to bring in third-party clothing brands, and introduce a faster, 'near-sourcing' supply chain.

New M&S clothing boss to start role earlier than planned Michelle Russell | 14 May 20

Marks & Spencer's new head of clothing and home is due to start his role three months earlier, meaning plans for a transformation of the division could be fast-forwarded.

M&S cuts clothing orders by GBP100m as Covid-19 hits sales Beth Wright | 20 Mar 20

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has warned trading over the next nine to 12 months in its clothing and homewares business is likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that it is "taking all possible steps" to defer supply ahead of what it expects to be a prolonged downturn in demand.

New M&S bra-fit tool to help track lingerie trends Beth Wright | 26 Feb 20

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has developed a new digital tool to assist with bra fittings, in a move that grants it access to customer data and will help to better track lingerie shopping trends and buying habits in the long term. 

M&S moves closer to national distribution network Beth Wright | 14 Feb 20

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to close two of its clothing and homewares distribution centres, putting some 662 jobs at risk, as it moves to a nationally connected distribution network. 

M&S appoints Alex Dimitriu head buyer for menswear Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 20

UK clothing, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Miss Selfridge buyer Alex Dimitriu as head of purchasing for menswear.

M&S continues leadership shakeup in new finance boss appointment Hannah Abdulla | 11 Feb 20

Marks & Spencer has named Eoin Tonge, former finance boss at Greencore Group, as its new chief financial officer in its second executive appointment in under a week, as the high street giant ploughs on in its quest to return the business to a stable footing.

M&S appoints chief strategy and transformation director in turnaround bid Beth Wright | 6 Feb 20

Marks & Spencer has named non-executive director Katie Bickerstaffe as chief strategy and transformation director as the UK fashion and homeware retailer looks to accelerate its turnaround efforts. 

M&S clothing needs "change at pace" say industry onlookers Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 20

Much work is still required to fix and position Marks & Spencer for a "brighter", sustainable future, with clothing needing "change at pace" to stabilise revenues, analysts say, but the outlook is positive.

M&S shakes up kidswear in effort to grow sales Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jan 20

UK fashion and homeware retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its kidswear range as part of efforts to broaden its apparel and grow its share of the childrenswear market.

M&S Q3 clothing and home sales fail to impress Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 20

Clothing sales have once again dived at UK High Street chain Marks & Spencer as the retailer reported its third-quarter trading results to 28 December.

M&S looks to breathe new life into clothing division with athleisure brand launch Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jan 20

Marks & Spencer has launched Goodmove — its new dedicated activewear range — in an apparent nod to the recent growth of the athleisure market.

M&S Founders Factory invests in three fashion start-ups Hannah Abdulla | 11 Dec 19

UK retailer M&S has started working with six fast-growth start-ups selected from 100 new businesses as part of its Founders Factory joint venture.

M&S adds new creative director to clothing team Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 19

UK fashion, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Arcadia director Anthony Cassidy as its head of brand creative for the clothing and home division.

M&S turns to Tesco's F&F for new clothing boss Leonie Barrie | 22 Nov 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer has re-hired Richard Price, currently CEO of Tesco’s F&F Clothing, as managing director of its struggling clothing and home division.

Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 19

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.

M&S clothing woes continue to weigh on profits Beth Wright | 6 Nov 19

Shares in Marks & Spencer Group (M&S) remained up by more than 3.5% today (6 November) as the retailer said it is "making up for lost time" in its clothing and home business despite a fall in the segment's sales in the first half of its financial year.

Clothing firms progress on preventing plastic pollution Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 19

A progress report on global efforts to prevent plastic pollution has praised clothing retailers Ganni, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths Holdings for their efforts so far to reduce plastic packaging.

M&S simplifies sub-brands and relaunches Per Una Beth Wright | 8 Oct 19

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has relaunched its Per Una brand following a "significant refresh" that comes just a week after the British retailer's management team admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.

M&S bosses admit clothing turnaround plan is 18 months behind schedule Hannah Abdulla | 2 Oct 19

The Marks and Spencer management team has admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.

ETI launches tool to tackle language barriers in supply chain Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 19

ETI members Marks & Spencer and Coop have collaborated on a toolkit aimed at offering businesses practical support in tackling the common challenges associated with multiple cultures and languages among supply chain workers. 

Pilot project to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt & Cambodia Beth Wright | 27 Sep 19

Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, and VF Corporation have partnered with Mastercard on a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally with the group coordinating pilots in Egypt and Cambodia.

M&S clothing supply chain boss departs amid FTSE100 exit Hannah Abdulla | 24 Sep 19

Marks & Spencer has confirmed the departure of its head of supply chain for clothing and home, Gordon Mowat, as it continues to look to return the division to profitable growth.

M&S to fall out of FTSE100 for first time? Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 19

Marks & Spencer is reportedly set to drop out of the FTSE100 index of Britain's biggest listed companies later today (4 August) – a move that would mark the first time the retailer has not been a member since the index launched in 1984.

Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton Beth Wright | 17 Jul 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.

M&S clothing director Jill McDonald to leave Beth Wright | 12 Jul 19

M&S clothing and home boss Jill McDonald has been ousted after less than two years the role, with CEO Steve Rowe poised to take over the segment amid what he calls its "long-standing" supply chain issues.

M&S unveils apparel line for children with sensitive skin Beth Wright | 27 Jun 19

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with medical technology company DreamSkin on a new range of products across baby, nightwear and underwear to alleviate sensitive skin conditions.

H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard Beth Wright | 18 Jun 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. 

M&S Plan A chief Mike Barry announces resignation Beth Wright | 6 Jun 19

Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks and Spencer, has announced he is to leave the UK retailer later this month.





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