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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. 

M&S upbeat but Q1 sales fall fails to convince analysts Hannah Abdulla | 11 Jul 17

Clothing sales at UK retailer Marks and Spencer have fallen once again in the first quarter of the year, but the firm remained upbeat today (11 July), insisting the fall was slower than the previous quarter.

Fashion brands linked to polluting viscose producers Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 17

A number of fashion giants, including Sweden’s H&M and Inditex's Zara, are said to be buying viscose from highly polluting factories that are contributing irreparable damage to environmental and human health.

M&S sets out new sustainability goals for Plan A 2025 Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 17

Marks & Spencer is entering into a new collaboration with Oxfam aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the connection between sourcing practices and human rights impacts in India as part of a new Plan A 2025 programme launched by the UK retailer today (1 June) that will also see it disclose raw material supplier details.

Marks & Spencer creates strategy director role Beth Wright | 30 May 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has confirmed the appointment of Melanie Smith to the newly created role of strategy director.

Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025 Michelle Russell | 25 May 17

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

M&S FY profit slumps 64% on lower clothing sales Michelle Russell | 24 May 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer says "there is still much to do" as it revealed profits slumped by almost two-thirds last year due to restructuring costs, while clothing sales continued to fall.

Marks & Spencer hires "formidable" chairman Michelle Russell | 5 May 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has made what one analyst describes as a "formidable appointment" with the hiring of Archie Norman as its new chairman, replacing the outgoing Robert Swannell.

Marks & Spencer appoints McDonald clothing director Michelle Russell | 3 May 17

UK retail group Marks & Spencer will be hoping to turn the fortunes of its non-food business around with the appointment Jill McDonald to the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty.

M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers Leonie Barrie | 26 Apr 17

British retailer Marks & Spencer has agreed a new contract with the two sourcing directors who have been responsible for overhauling the group's clothing supply chain.

What M&S has learned from its sustainability journey so far Beth Wright | 12 Apr 17

In the ten years since Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A sustainability commitment the UK-based retailer has "at best" completed 20% of its journey, according to Mike Barry, director of sustainable business (Plan A). "There’s an awful lot that still needs to change" across the industry as a whole, he told executives at a conference in the UK last week.

Marks & Spencer clothing logistics head steps down Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 17

Marks & Spencer’s director of clothing, home and multichannel logistics, Adrian Harris, has stepped down from his role, the UK retailer has confirmed.

Where next for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark? Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 17

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions too quickly and highlights a number of critical issues such as the quality and credibility of information, governance and price pressures.

Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.





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