• Q2 group sales, UK sales both up 6.5%
  • Clothing sales rise 7.8%
  • Expands share of UK clothing market

Retailer Marks & Spencer posted a 6.5% sales rise in the three months to 2 October as it outperformed the UK clothing market with a 7.8% sales increase.

Like-for-like UK sales were up 5.3% in the period, while the company expanded its share of the UK clothing market by 70 basis points to 10.3%, reporting growth “across all areas”.

The retailer highlighted new products such as its “two sizes bigger” bra and “Miracle” crease-resistant linen, alongside an advertising-driven record autumn season for women’s footwear.

But new chief executive Marc Bolland warned of more challenging trading conditions ahead, with consumer spending likely to be impacted by increased VAT rates and public spending cuts.