M&S report upswing in clothing sales

Marks & Spencer has reported an improvement in clothing sales over the fourth quarter of 2013.

Overall, Britain’s largest clothes retailer said that like-for-like general sales were down by 0.6%. making it the 11th consecutive quarter to see a decline.

But over the last three months clothing sales rose by 0.6%. Chief executive Marc Bolland said there had been considerable improvements in sales of women’s clothes. He said: “Sales of M&S collection in womenswear, which was relaunched last autumn, were notably up on last year. Our new spring/summer collection has been well received, with customers noticing the improving style credentials.”

M&S has signed up Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox and actress Emma Thompson for an advertising campaign photographed by Annie Liebovitz.

Sales of food, which contribute to 50% of the company’s business, also rose by 1%.

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