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M&S teams with Founders Factory on tech startups Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 18

Trying to find new ways to reinvent its business and be more relevant to its customers, retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has inked a partnership with startup accelerator Founders Factory that will give it access to emerging technologies, business models and entrepreneurial thinking.

M&S prepares to cut 351 store management jobs Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 18

British fashion and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to cut around 351 store management roles as the company perseveres with its five-year transformation plan.

M&S appoints Ojulah head of kids buying Michelle Russell | 21 Jun 18

UK fashion and grocery retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Cath Kidson’s Michelle Ojulah to head up buying for its kidswear department.

M&S closes in on sustainable cotton target Michelle Russell | 8 Jun 18

Marks & Spencer says over three-quarters of its cotton is now procured from sustainable sources, putting the UK fashion, homeware and food retailer on track to meet its commitment to hit 100% next year.

What Marks & Spencer's FY numbers mean for clothing Beth Wright | 23 May 18

Today's (23 May) full-year results from Marks & Spencer have once again emphasised the challenges it faces in reinvigorating its clothing business, with the UK retail group posting a 1.9% fall in like-for-like clothing and home sales. While CEO Steve Rowe is optimistic the group's wider five-year transformation plan is off to a good start, is this enough to revive the retailer's fortunes?

M&S FY profit slumps 74.8% on store closure costs Beth Wright | 23 May 18

M&S has revealed profits slumped by almost three-quarters last year as a result of declining sales of clothing, food and homeware and what CEO Steve Rowe called "short-term costs" as a result of its turnaround plan.

M&S "perilously close" to losing top clothing retailer spot Beth Wright | 22 May 18

Marks and Spencer is "perilously close" to losing its status as the UK's number one clothing retailer to Primark as the company announces plans to shutter more than 100 stores before 2022 as it reshapes its UK store estate in line with its target to take at least a third of sales online.

M&S among 42 retailers committed to new plastics pact Beth Wright | 30 Apr 18

UK retail group Marks & Spencer is among 42 businesses to have signed up to a new first-of-its-kind pact that aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK.

M&S creates single-tier clothing logistics network Beth Wright | 18 Apr 18

As part of ongoing efforts to transform its business, UK retail group Marks & Spencer is to implement a new single-tier clothing and home logistics network it says will allow it to move products from suppliers to stores faster and at a lower cost.

M&S in clothing leadership reshuffle Beth Wright | 26 Mar 18

As part of ongoing efforts to transform its business, UK retail group Marks & Spencer has named a new leadership team tasked with overhauling the firm's clothing and home operations – including the creation of new role to oversee the newly merged womenswear and kidswear teams.

M&S only just beginning marathon transformation Michelle Russell | 5 Mar 18

Marks & Spencer is only just beginning its marathon of transforming its operations, but while there may still be fires to put out, plans to adapt the UK retailer’s clothing offer to appeal to a broader, younger consumer base could certainly help, analysts say.

M&S data partnership to boost customer insight Beth Wright | 7 Feb 18

Clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with data science company Starcount in a bid to better understand its customers and predict their future buying behaviour.

M&S procurement head to join John Lewis Michelle Russell | 5 Feb 18

UK department store group John Lewis has appointed Marks & Spencer's head of procurement, Roger Davies, as its group procurement director after nearly a decade with the retailer.

M&S appoints Earl interim womenswear head Michelle Russell | 24 Jan 18

UK clothing, home and food retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Belinda Earl as head of its womenswear and beauty departments until it finds a permanent hire for the role.

M&S could cut 380 jobs with new clothing DC Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 18

Marks & Spencer could be cutting around 380 jobs in the UK as it moves to adopt a single-tier distribution network for its clothing and home division with the opening of a new distribution centre.

M&S Q3 clothing sales slide on tough October Michelle Russell | 11 Jan 18

Marks & Spencer has revealed a mixed third quarter, with unseasonal weather blamed for a fall in like-for-like sales in its clothing division but a pick-up in its Christmas trading performance.

M&S consolidates technology supplier base under new plans Beth Wright | 10 Jan 18

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has announced a new Technology Transformation Programme it says will enable it to become a digital first business and deliver an improvement in customer experience.

M&S sells Hong Kong and Macau retail business Beth Wright | 2 Jan 18

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its long-established franchise partner Al-Futtaim.

Adidas among group calling for climate action Beth Wright | 14 Dec 17

German sportswear giant Adidas is among more than 50 major global corporates calling on world leaders to tackle climate change by introducing framework conditions that lay the foundation for a pathway towards limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

M&S partners on improving Bangladesh RMG worker health Beth Wright | 13 Dec 17

Retailer Marks & Spencer has joined forces with global confederation Care International to create a sustainable and scalable model to address the health and social needs of the more than 4m female garment workers in Bangladesh.

M&S accelerates clothing department closures Michelle Russell | 8 Nov 17

Marks & Spencer is accelerating plans to close underperforming clothing departments as the UK retailer revealed flat first-half apparel and home sales and the departure of CFO Helen Weir.

M&S to announce further store closures? Beth Wright | 6 Nov 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer is expected to announce further store closures this week as part of a "much bolder" restructuring plan to turnaround its fortunes amid falling profits and a challenging market. 

M&S works to close the loop with recycled wool suit Beth Wright | 11 Oct 17

Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new range of suits made with 55% recycled wool, which includes wool M&S customers have donated in stores through its Shwopping initiative, as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.

UK sourcing masterclasses supported by M&S Beth Wright | 21 Sep 17

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to roll out a series of masterclasses at five UK universities to help give students a better understanding of sourcing, production and manufacturing, with support from Marks & Spencer.

M&S sets McDonald start date as clothing director Beth Wright | 13 Sep 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has confirmed Jill McDonald will take up the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty on 2 October.

M&S in franchise talks for Hong Kong and Macau business Beth Wright | 30 Aug 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) today (30 August) revealed it has begun talks with franchise partner Al-Futtaim for the potential purchase and franchising of M&S’s owned retail business in Hong Kong and Macau.

M&S launches sustainable selvedge denim jeans Leonie Barrie | 25 Aug 17

Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a range of more sustainable selvedge denim jeans as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.

M&S, Next join call to reinstate Madagascan dock workers Michelle Russell | 8 Aug 17

Marks and Spencer, Next, and Men’s Warehouse UK, are among a raft of brands that have joined a call to help end the exploitation of Madagascan dockworkers.

M&S names Mowat new clothing supply chain director Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed a new director to head up its clothing and home supply chain, logistics and planning as part of ongoing plans to recover and grow its non-food divisions.

M&S, Bonmarché urged to compensate Cambodian workers Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 17

A Marks & Spencer and Bonmarché supplier factory in Cambodia that closed down a year ago leaving 208 workers without jobs is yet to settle severance pay and final salaries, according to a labour rights group that is now urging the brands to compensate employees. 





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